Some Barrie Police officers will be wearing body cams when they go on duty Tuesday.
The Service announced it has begun its body-worn camera pilot project as of October 13, with 25 officers outfitted with the chest-worn devices. Cameras will capture video and audio evidence during investigative police interactions, according to a statement from Barrie Police on Monday. This video is expected to provide evidence for court proceedings and contribute to police transparency.
Those officers outfitted with body-worn cameras will also hand out pamphlets with information to a survey with which folks can provide input and feedback. The information gathered may guide the polic service in evaluating the pilot project.
The pilot project has been in the works since 2016, and will run from October to February. The efficacy of these cameras will be assessed before a decision for service-wide rollout is made.