Ontario Protecting Windsor Against Gun and Gang Violence
Funding for new video surveillance equipment and technology will help police fight crime
NEWS September 13, 2023
Windsor, ON — The Ontario government is investing $200,000.00 to help Windsor Police Services expand its video surveillance program and better protect the community against gun and gang violence.
The funding is being delivered through the Ontario Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) Grant Program and can be used to replace outdated equipment, expand or enhance current technology and install new or additional CCTV surveillance cameras in areas where gun and gang violence, illegal drug activity and human trafficking are prevalent.
“This investment by our government will help keep the people of Windsor safer by helping to identify suspects involved in violent crimes, by upgrading current CCTV cameras in locations where criminal activity is prevalent” said Windsor-Tecumseh MPP Andrew Dowie “ Cameras are a proven deterrent to prevent crime and they also help to aid police in their criminal investigations which will help to ensure the safety of all of our local communities and businesses.
Windsor Police Service is one of 24 police services across the province receiving funding with more than $2.8 million being allocated through the 2023-24 CCTV Grant program.
“Our government is taking action to keep Ontarians safe,” said Solicitor General Michael Kerzner. “CCTV surveillance systems are an important part of local police work to detect, prevent, and deter criminal activity. The systems also enhance police efforts to investigate crimes and provide evidence necessary to lay charges.”
“ The use of surveillance cameras in high-crime areas stands as a proven deterrent, significantly reducing criminal activities.” said Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens. “We extend our appreciation to the Ford government for their support, which not only strengthens our resolve to enhance the safety of our community but also underscores our commitment to fostering a more secure and protected environment for our residents and businesses.”
- The CCTV Grant was first introduced in 2020. Since that time, the Ontario government has allocated approximately $7.4 million in funding for surveillance systems to police services across the province.
- The grant funding covers 50 per cent of project costs up to a maximum of $200,000 for each successful project.
- The Ontario government is investing $163 million to immediately strengthen the province’s efforts to fight crime including combatting bail non-compliance and auto thefts.
- ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
- Ontario’s Guns, Gangs and Violence Reduction Strategy
Executive Assistant Andrew Dowie, MPP
Ph: 519-251-0437 Cell: 226-724-6978
Solicitor General’s Office