Ontario investment strengthens video surveillance system in Quinte West



QUINTE WEST – The Ontario government is investing $200,000 in 2020-2021 in Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) systems to help the Quinte West detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police better detect, investigate and prevent criminal activity, Todd Smith, MPP for Bay of Quinte announced.

The Ontario CCTV Grant is providing police services with a total of $6 million over three years to expand CCTV systems in their communities and improve public safety.

“Improving the technology and information available to our frontline police is critical to deterring unlawful activity and holding offenders accountable in our communities,” said Smith. “People in the Bay of Quinte need to feel safe in their homes and their businesses as we recover from the impacts of COVID-19 without fear of crime.”

News of the grant was received well by local officials.

“The expansion of CCTV within our municipality will enhance our investigative capabilities, reducing violent crime, and allowing us to successfully prosecute those who utilize our roadways to participate in criminal activity,” said Inspector Christina Reive, the OPP detachment commander in Quinte West.

Mayor Jim Harrison added “this program will allow the City and the OPP to improve public safety throughout Quinte West. We’re grateful to the Government of Ontario for recognizing this need in the community and providing us with $200,000 to fund this project.”

The CCTV grant builds on the province’s approximate $106-million investment to combat gun and gang violence, with the support of the federal government, through Ontario’s Guns, Gangs, and Violence Reduction Strategy.

“By strengthening CCTV surveillance systems across the province, Ontario’s police services will be better equipped to prevent criminal activity and identify and apprehend offenders,” said Solicitor General Sylvia Jones. “This expansion will support the local fight against guns and gangs while deterring other crimes such as drug and human trafficking, street racing and stunt driving. The use of CCTV cameras will also help hold criminals accountable by providing important visual evidence to support investigations and the prosecution process.”