Toronto Police trial the RS3-SX as part of their body worn video pilot
Officers in the Primary Response Units at 43 and 55 Divisions, Traffic Services and TAVIS Rapid Response Teams, approximately 100 officers, have begun testing three pieces of equipment, as part of Toronto Police Service's body-worn camera pilot project. One of the three devices being tested is the Reveal RS3-SX body camera.
This testing will take place over one year, at the end of which the Service will evaluate the results and determine how best to move forward. This will include three months of scenario-based testing at the Police College prior to going live in our communities.
At the conclusion of the pilot, recommendations will be presented to the Chief.
The introduction of body-worn cameras may be new to the Toronto Police Service, but they are not new to many other police services around the world.
In particular, nearly all Police Forces in the United Kingdom are now using body worn cameras as part of their everyday work. Cameras were introduced as early as 2007 and some projects still running now had their origins back in 2008. This experience and longitude makes the UK the world leaders in body worn video.
Body-worn cameras are unbiased, reliable eyewitnesses to community interactions with the police. They will provide reassurance to community members and police officers.
The Service had lengthy consultations with the Toronto Police Association, the Ministry of the Attorney General, the Information & Privacy Commissioner, the Ontario Human Rights Commission and, most importantly, the officers participating in the pilot project.