Windsor Police Receive Traffic Camera Funding To Fight Gun And Gang Violence

Tuesday January 25th, 2022

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A closed circuit traffic camera, left, at Hall Avenue and Wyandotte Street East. The black device, centered, is a traffic pre-emption receiver used by Windsor Fire emergency vehicles.

Windsor Police and the City of Windsor have received funding from the Ontario Government for the upgrade of traffic cameras around the city.

The funding is being provided through the Ontario Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) Grant program and will help a nine police services fund projects to replace outdated equipment, enhance current technology, and expand CCTV camera coverage in areas where gun and gang violence and correlated crimes such as drug and human trafficking are most prevalent.

“Securing the funds provided by the province through the CCTV Grant will allow us to work with the City to upgrade and modernize the traffic camera infrastructure in the city of Windsor while significantly expanding the number of intersections covered by the cameras,” said Windsor Police Chief Pamela Mizuno. “The technology of the new cameras will provide high-quality video captures which, in turn, will result in access to an increased amount of valuable video evidence for our investigators. We are confident that this technology will have a positive impact on public safety and are grateful for the province’s ongoing commitment to guns, gangs and violence reduction.”

The City’s traffic monitoring cameras, which are different from cameras used to detect vehicles sitting at red lights or cameras used to detect red light runners, were previously available for online public viewing (on pages such as windsoriteDOTca’s Traffic Cameras page), but were taken offline in late 2020 to begin upgrades.

A collage of Windsor’s publicly viewable traffic cameras from when they were available online. Some cameras, such as those on the Herb Gray Parkway and 401, are currently viewable online.

The funding covers 50 per cent of project costs up to a maximum of $200,000 for each successful project.  Windsor received $200,000.

The grant program, launched in August 2020, represents an investment of $6 million over three fiscal years, across the province.

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