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No body cams yet for Toronto police

Toronto police won’t be outfitting officers with body cameras any timesoon, but they admit things are “moving in that direction.”

Toronto police won’t be outfitting officers with body cameras any time soon, but they admit things are “moving in that direction.”

While police forces around the globe are equipping officers with cameras clipped to bike helmets, lapels and vests, police in this city are still focused on increasing in-car cameras and surveillance cams in public spaces. Rights advocates say the devices raise protocol and privacy issues.

“The trend is clearly going in that direction, though there are no plans here for that at this point,” said Mark Pugash, director of the Toronto police public information unit.

“We have invested heavily in CCTV and in-car cameras, and the reasons are accountability, best possible evidence and protection of the officer and the protection of the public” Pugash said.

 
 
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