The North Bay Police Service expects to begin a body warn camera pilot project before the end of the calendar year.
Scott Tod, the Chief of the North Bay Police Service, says the pilot project requires the acquisition of technology, specialized knowledge, and services.
"We are still working towards announcing a project by the end of the fall, in testing body-worn cameras in North Bay," said Tod prior to Saturday's Wounded Warriors Ride for Mental Health.
"The testing period should not be as long as what many other police services have gone through only because we are a late adopter in the technology from that perspective but we have also worked closely with Axon Canada and we have also worked closely with the ministry of solicitor general in regards to looking at the data evidence management program that also has to go along with body-worn video so it is not through a lack of effort on anyone's part other than the fact that it is just one more project that we are looking at right now but it still maintains an important project to the Board," Tod continued.
It has been a long process. At one time, Chief Tod said he was hoping to have more details completed by the end of March 2021 regarding the pilot project which would have seen a body-worn camera presentation done during April 2021's Police Board Meeting.
That would involve a presentation to the Police Board on how they will acquire body-worn video, in car-camera video, and how the Police Service will mesh it together with other digital evidence.