Province provides $200,000 grant to allow Barrie police to expand use of video surveillance

The province says it's part of a larger effort to combat gun and gang violence.

Nine police services including Barrie are receiving $1 million in total from a provincial grant program to expand and replace outdated CCTV equipment.

The province says it’s part of a larger effort to combat gun and gang violence.

The Barrie Police Service is getting $200,000.

According to a news release from the government, Barrie police will use expand the use of CCTV technology across the city and strengthen its ability to download high-definition footage to better identify suspects, vehicles, as well as timeline and whereabouts of suspects.

A Barrie police spokesperson said in a statement that the CCTV camera project was started about 10 years ago in the city and now includes 20 cameras.

“This funding will help to continue to improve the network connectivity and install additional locations if they are identified,” the statement read. “The grant application referenced a small number of serious, but isolated incidents that have occurred in the downtown core within the past few years, as well as an increase in weapons seized across the city.”

As well, the province has committed $50,000 toward a partnership between Gravenhurst and Bracebridge OPP to expand CCTV surveillance into Muskoka Road and Gull Lake Park where there are currently no cameras.

“This funding will support the purchase of approximately 60 outdoor bullet and eyeball cameras to help police detect and deter crime before it is committed and expedite investigations,” according to a government news release.