Downtown CCTV Project
With the overall goal of enhancing and promoting public safety in downtown Barrie, Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras will soon be monitoring public areas in the downtown core. Increasing the feeling of public safety for members of the public, assisting police in the identification of persons committing criminal acts, and providing a deterrent to potential crime by publicizing the CCTV system are the main goals of the project partners, the City of Barrie, Downtown BIA and Barrie Police Service.
Installation of ten power/tilt/zoom (PTZ) cameras will begin this week along Dunlop Street, Collier Street and one on Simcoe Street. The cameras will operate on a secure wireless network that will connect the cameras to a central recording station. The cameras will be passively monitored in the Barrie Police Service communications center. Installation and testing of the entire CCTV system followed by training of police personnel will be completed over the next few weeks in anticipation of becoming fully operational in July.
The collection and recording of video data from public CCTV cameras is governed by Guidelines set out by the Privacy Commissioner of Ontario and as adopted by Barrie Police Service policy and procedures.
For more information on the “Use of Video Surveillance Cameras in Public Places” visit: