Ontario Protecting York Region Against Gun and Gang Violence
Funding for new video surveillance equipment and technology will help police fight crime
THORNHILL – The Ontario government is investing $200,000 to help York Regional Police 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is being delivered through the Ontario Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) Grant Program and can be used to replace outdated equipment, expand or enhance current technology and install new or additional CCTV surveillance cameras in areas where gun and gang violence, illegal drug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.
“I am thrilled to hear of our province’s $200,000 investment in York Regional Police,” said MPP Laura Smith, Thornhill. “The presence of cameras serves as a deterrent to perpetrators and aids police in criminal investigations. This ensures the safety of our local communities and businesses. We are committed to making sure our police have the resources necessary to keep our communities safe.”
York Regional Police 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 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.