Police in Thunder Bay, Ont., start using body cameras; in-car cameras to come

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THUNDER BAY, Ont. — Police officers in Thunder Bay, Ont., are wearing body cameras starting today.

The force says the devices will eventually be worn by all front-line officers and those in the traffic unit.

It says police cruisers will also be equipped with in-car cameras.

The full rollout is expected to be complete by June.

The use of body-worn and in-car cameras was among 44 recommendations made in a 2018 report by one of Ontario's police watchdogs.

The report identified systemic racism and other issues it said contributed to a "crisis of trust" between the force and Indigenous residents.

A follow-up report released last year found police had taken encouraging steps to address racism in its ranks but stressed more needed to be done.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 12, 2021.

The Canadian Press