A report going to the corporate services committee meeting Tuesday lists a handful of specific examples where the 17 camera system, launched in November 2001, helped identify robberies, assaults, property damage, drug offences and homicide investigations.
“This has been quite a helpful asset, and frankly from my perspective, when we look at the overall budget for the city, and try to have it safer downtown, $70,000 is really not so much,” Zaifman said.
The report says the number of occurrences have gone down in places there they’re installed; there’s also a decreased number of occurrences in the area surrounding the cameras, meaning the occurrences aren’t simply happening somewhere else.
It goes on to say the CCTV system helps police identify incidents at the early stages and allows them to intervene quickly, and it assists in investigations that take place after an incident.
The individual was taken to hospital by emergency services, but officers saw he’d been escorted off private property and he threw himself to the ground, intentionally hitting his head several times on the sidewalk.
No charges were laid because police determined the guard acted lawfully.
In other cited cases, footage helped police find someone with information in a sexual assault investigation, make several drug-trafficking-related arrests and quickly respond an unconscious man after three men were seen running and jumping into a vehicle in the Dundas Street and Richmond Street area.