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Special constable terminated after cell video procedure breach, says Barrie Police

Security and approval measures have been enhanced
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The members of the Barrie Police Service recognize our responsibilities for safe guarding the fundamental rights guaranteed by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

On January 18, 2016 the Barrie Police Service was notified by the Crown Attorney’s office that Special Constable Hillyard may have accessed restricted video recording of a female while in custody. 

Video recordings of the cell block area are to ensure the safety and security of persons in custody and members of the service.

A Professional Standards investigation was immediately commenced.

As a result of their investigation it was determined that Special Constable Hillyard’s actions breached Barrie Police Service procedures by accessing and viewing restricted pixilated video recordings of persons in custody.

Investigation also revealed that existing security system prevented Special Constable Hillyard from accessing restricted raw or un-pixilated recordings.

The Barrie Police Service has implemented enhanced security and approval measures for all video recordings of persons in custody.

As of March 31, 2016 Special Constable Hillyard was terminated from the Barrie Police Service.

The Barrie Police Service remains committed to serve, protect and enhance our community by providing professional and accountable police service.