Strengthening Video Surveillance Systems in NiagaraPublished on December 07, 2020
Niagara Falls - The Ontario government is investing $90,000.00 in 2020-21 in Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) systems to help the Niagara Regional Police Service better detect, investigate and prevent criminal activity. The Ontario CCTV Grant, which was announced in August 2020, is providing police services with a total of $6 million over three years to expand CCTV systems in their communities and improve public safety.
"Improving the technology and information available to our frontline police is critical to deterring unlawful activity and holding offenders accountable in our communities," said Sam Oosterhoff, MPP for Niagara West.
"People in Niagara need to feel safe in their homes and their businesses as we recover from the impacts of COVID-19 without fear of crime."
"The Niagara Regional Police Service welcomes this investment as we continue to leverage and expand resources within our Real Time Operations Centre (RTOC) to utilize CCTV cameras as an investigative tool," said Bryan MacCulloch, Chief of Police of the Niagara Regional Police Service.
"The Niagara Region has not been immune to the increase of gun violence that we have seen in other communities and we welcome this opportunity to work collaboratively with our partners at the City of St. Catharines and City of Niagara Falls to address these concerning incidents within our region. This additional funding from the Province of Ontario allows us to expand the existing network, making our community safer for both residents and visitors to Niagara."
The CCTV grant builds on the province's approximate $106 million investment to combat gun and gang violence, with the support of the federal government, through Ontario’s Guns, Gangs and Violence Reduction Strategy."By strengthening CCTV surveillance systems across the province, Ontario's police services will be better equipped to prevent criminal activity, identify and apprehend offenders," said Solicitor General Sylvia Jones.
"This expansion will support the local fight against guns and gangs while deterring other crimes such as drug and human trafficking, street racing and stunt driving. The use of CCTV cameras will also help hold criminals accountable by providing important visual evidence to support investigations and the prosecution process."
- The Ontario government is investing $90,000.00 in Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) systems to help the Niagara Regional Police Service better detect, investigate and prevent criminal activity.