In-Car Cameras and Body-Worn Microphones

2024 Pilot Project: In-Car Cameras and Body-Worn Microphones

The Windsor Police Service is dedicated to upholding the highest standards of accountability, transparency, and community trust. As part of this commitment, we are launching a pilot project that equips select officers and vehicles with in-car cameras and body-worn microphones. This initiative will run from June 3 – September 2, 2024, and aims to better protect officers and foster greater public trust.

The microphones and cameras are designed to enhance the safety of officers and community members during police interactions, improve evidence gathering, and offer additional transparency and accountability by providing an unbiased account of events. The information collected through the pilot program will be used to determine the viability of deploying these devices service-wide.

How do these tools work?

In-car cameras are mounted inside police vehicles just below the rear-view mirror. They capture video footage outside of the police vehicle and audio footage inside the vehicle. These cameras will record interactions between officers and the public during traffic stops and other incidents, providing an objective record of events.

Body-worn microphones are affixed to officers’ uniforms and capture spoken interactions and surrounding audio from outside the police vehicle. (Due to their appearance, they may be mistaken for body-worn cameras.)

These devices will automatically start recording when officers respond to emergency calls for service and during vehicle stops, and can also be activated manually as needed. When the system is recording, a red light will blink on the microphone and camera. In certain circumstances where officer or public safety is a concern, officers can deactivate these flashing lights while still recording the event.

Photograph of small camera affixed to rearview mirror.

In-Car Camera

Image of dark-coloured rectangular microphone

Body-Worn Microphone


The Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario has released a framework on the use of Body-Worn Camera systems by police services. This framework ensures the use of this technology respects the privacy rights enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and that personal information is managed lawfully.

The Windsor Police Service is using this framework for guidance on the implementation of in-car cameras and body-worn microphones. The Service has also developed a Privacy Impact Assessment for this technology, and consulted with the volunteer-run Community Consultative Committee. The collection, retention, use, and disclosure of personal information obtained from these devices will comply with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA).

If you don’t want to be recorded, you can notify the officer. However, recording will likely continue if the interaction occurs in a public place.(Under Canadian law, a “public place” typically includes any area that is accessible to the public or where it is reasonable to expect to be seen by others.) In some situations, officers may need to record in private settings (for example, if a crime is actively occurring). There are established policies and procedures to ensure that the use of this recording equipment is reasonable and justified.

Complaints about policing services or officer conduct can be submitted through the Law Enforcement Complaints Agency.