Province spending millions to upgrade surveillance equipment « Burlington Gazette


By staff

September 16, 2022


Some people have a problem with a surveillance company – where almost every city intersection has cameras that are monitored 24/7.

Technology is now at a point where anything, anywhere can be monitored. Is everything abused – Sometimes.

Ontario is investing in video surveillance systems and funding new equipment and improved technology that will strengthen police efforts to prevent crime, especially gun and gang violence.

By the time the police mention gun and gang violence – the public says too often – how much do you need?

The Ontario government is investing nearly $1.8 million to help 20 police services across the province expand video surveillance systems and better protect communities from the threat of gun and gang violence .

Halton Region doesn’t get any of that money – it already has some of the most sophisticated technology – but it doesn’t seem to use street-level (CCTV) cameras very much.

Funding is provided through Ontario’s Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) grant program and will be used to replace obsolete equipment, expand or improve current technology, and install new CCTV surveillance cameras in areas where gun and gang violence and related crimes, such as drug trafficking and human trafficking, are most prevalent.

“Our government is committed to providing police services with the tools and resources they need to keep Ontarians safe,” said Solicitor General Michael Kerzner. “CCTV surveillance systems are an important part of local police work to detect, prevent and deter criminal activity, particularly in the areas of gun and gang violence and other serious crime. This funding will help the services to build video surveillance capacity and improve crime prevention efforts to better protect communities.

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