What are some of the most important changes Unmanned Aerial Systems (UASs) have brought to policing? This session will explore the capabilities and benefits of using a UAS in collision reconstruction as well as search and rescue. The technology has been instrumental in assisting the Ontario Provincial Police in meeting its rapid clearance strategy for highway collisions as well as locating multiple missing persons. The OPP UAS program continues to evolve as the technology changes and strives to be innovative while remaining sensitive to the concerns of the public. Concerns faced by public safety agencies as they expand into the UAS space will also be addressed in this session.
Colin Giles, UAS program co-ordinator, Aviation Services, Ontario Provincial Police, joined the force in 1999. On June 1, 2016, he was given the opportunity to co-ordinate the newly expanded UAS program. Today, the program has 15 UASs and 49 operators deployed throughout the province.
Staff Sgt. Craig Young, Toronto Police Service, Emergency Management and Public Order
Panellists: Amherstburg Police Chief Timothy Berthiaume; Jason Laplante, Public Safety and Enforcement Supervisor, Russell Township; Insp. Michael Barsky, Toronto Police Service; Sgt. Jason Bagg, Durham Regional Police Service.
This panel will delve into the hot topic of Body Worn Cameras (BWCs) for law enforcement, touching on costs, privacy guidelines, interoperability, chain of custody issues, storage and more. It will visit various policies and how BWCs are being implemented or/and piloted at various agencies, from a small force to a municipality to the largest police service in Canada.
The implementation of the legalization of marijuana legislation will be challenging, as we all know. The senior commander in charge of the implementation of the OPP’s Marijuana Strategy explores these challenges and discusses how the OPP is preparing for roadside drug testing policies, equipment and more.
Supt. Gilpin will be presenting material regarding the new legislation, Bill C45 (New Cannabis Act) and Bill C46 (Impaired Driving amendments to the Criminal Code). She will provide an introduction to some of Ontario’s Provincial legislation — Bill 174 - An Act to enact the Cannabis Act, 201; the Ontario Cannabis Retail Corporation Act, 2017; references to the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017; and amendments to the Highway Traffic Act.