Ontario expanding closed-circuit television coverage to try to deter crime

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The province says it will invest part of the $6 million earmarked for deterring crime in closed-circuit television coverage.

On Aug. 10, the Ontario government said it's looking to partner with police services across the province to expand CCTV systems, something it calls a "key tool" in the fight against guns, gangs and other criminal activity.

The investment of $6 million over three years will be made available through the Ontario CCTV Grant, a new program designed to support police services.

In light of recent episodes of violence, it’s absolutely critical that we give our police the tools and resources they need to keep people safe and ensure businesses and communities can recover from the impacts of COVID-19 without fear of crime,” said Premier Doug Ford in a statement. 

This investment will help keep our streets safe, bring violent criminals to justice, and ensure people can rebuild their lives in peace.”

Starting today, all municipal and First Nations police services, as well as the Ontario Provincial Police, will be able to apply for funding for the first year of the CCTV Grant cycle (2020-21).

The province says the 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. 

The province says the grant funding will cover 50 per cent of each successful project and that the program will help with the purchase of CCTV cameras, associated supplies and software as well as installation costs.

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