A recent Oracle Poll initiated by the North Bay Police Service this summer indicates that more than 80 per cent of those polled support North Bay Police wearing body-worn cameras.
"No I am not surprised, in fact, the service and the board are quite happy that the public is that accepting to body worn video in our community," noted Scott Tod, North Bay's Police Chief.
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Tod suggested this summer that a body-worn camera pilot project may get its start in late 2021, but now that has been pushed back into early to mid-2022.
"We are at the point where next month we will be approaching the board to complete a contract with AXON International and the acquisition of equipment and we hope to have it rolled out by June of this year," Tod stated after Tuesday's Police Board Meeting.
Tod says the goal would be for all the patrol officers working to be equipped with them.
"Whether that goes further beyond that and into our crime section or our community response officers and other units, that will still be determined," said Tod.
He adds that Guelph recently released a report from their services that Tod hopes will help guide the North Bay Police Service.