Halton police implement biometric health monitoring system

The Halton Police have introduced a new biometric health monitoring system to ensure the safety of detainees in police custody.

Implemented in June 2024, this system offers continuous, real-time monitoring of vital health metrics, including heart and respiratory rates. It is operational at the HRPS Central Lock-Up, located at 20 Division in Oakville, and alerts staff in case of medical distress. Using state-of-the-art radar-based sensors, this approach reduces risk and ensures timely medical assessments for detained individuals in need.

Police have observed an increasing presence of potentially deadly narcotics such as fentanyl when taking people into custody and continue to seek ways to enhance safety for everyone. In 2022, they began offering free lifesaving Naloxone through Central Lock-Up to anyone requesting one.

Biometric health monitoring will complement existing care policies, which include regular in-person well-being checks for detainees. The HRPS is among the first police services in the province to implement this technology.

"This technology not only enhances our ability to ensure the safety and well-being of detainees in our custody, but it also underscores our commitment to upholding the highest standards of care and responsibility," said Staff Sergeant Gus Bistas of the HRPS Strategic Management Office. "By closely monitoring vital signs and health indicators, we can respond swiftly and effectively to medical needs, ultimately creating a safer environment for everyone involved."

Muhammad Aamir, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Milton Reporter, Milton Reporter