Body-worn cameras are coming to the Toronto Police force, after the TPS Board approved the purchase of 2,350.
The deal, which was approved during Tuesday afternoon’s meeting, includes 3,000 licences for data management, situational awareness and sharing tools.
The addition of body cameras is one of several reforms the board considered, as part of a series of proposed changes to policing.
IT comes amid ongoing protests across North America denouncing systemic racism, and the deaths of several black, indigenous and people of colour in the presence of police, including George Floyd and Breonna Taylor in the United States, and Regis Korchinski-Pacquet and Chantel Moore here in Canada..
Axon, the cameras’ manufacturer, told the board it will ship the cameras in multiple phases beginning this month.
Body cameras underwent a six-year vendor review process by TPS before an agreement with Axon was reached.
The company says the cameras’ real-time streaming will allow police to quickly deploy the resources necessary to help de-escalate a situation, including mental-health professionals or translators.