Quinte West OPP receives $200,000 to enhance public safety

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Quinte West OPP received a $200,000 shot in the arm to install the new closed circuit television system as part of the expansion of the Quinte West CCTV program in 2021.

Minister of Children, Community and Social Services and Bay of Quinte MPP Todd Smith made the announcement on Monday at Quinte West City Hall. Joining Smith for the livestream announcement were Quinte West Mayor Jim Harrison and Quinte West OPP detachment commander Inspector Christina Reive.

The investment was made available through the CCTV Grant Program, the latest addition to the government’s province-wide Guns, Gangs and Violence Reduction Strategy to further support police services in their efforts to enhance public safety and hold offenders accountable.In August of 2020, Ontario solicitor general Sylvia Jones launched the plan to invest $6,000,000 over the course of three years to expand closed-circuit television systems across Ontario to help protect communities from criminal threats.The funds allocated to the Quinte West OPP will be used to strengthen existing TV surveillance systems in and around Quinte West, as well as expanding existing networks and launching new ones.“This support helps us with various programs,” said Harrison.

Ontarians and partners in public safety asked for modern police capabilities, and the government taking steps to advance tools and resources to protect the Bay of Quinte. The new CCTV systems have evolved to include advanced night vision capabilities and 360 degrees point of view.“Our frontline police, the heroes we rely on to bring criminals to justice, tells us that this technology works,” said Smith. “Gang members are less likely to commit a crime if they are at greater risk of being caught.”

“This will allow us to reach the outlying areas,” said Reive. “These cameras will allow us to catch the points where criminals are coming into our cities and we’ll be better able to gather evidence. So, if they have guns, drugs or any other criminal illicit materials in their vehicles, this will help us to both identify them and prosecute them, and reduce the crime within our cities.”Smith also reminded residents that in spite of the fact that COVID-19 is happening and prevalent in the community, police officers are still doing an increased number of R.I.D.E checks during this time of year.“Don’t drink and drive,” said Smith. “Like everything, it’s better to stay at home this time of year.”

Virginia Clinton, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Intelligencer