'Each action we take to protect the safety of frontline corrections workers is an important step forward in strengthening public safety'
Ontario is providing probation and parole officers in the North with an additional $85,000-worth of new safety devices for use when travelling to and through remote regions.
“Each action we take to protect the safety of frontline corrections workers is an important step forward in strengthening public safety in our communities,” said Solicitor General Sylvia Jones. “The deployment of these new safety devices is part of our government's enduring commitment to provide probation and parole officers with the tools, resources and training they need to do their jobs safely and effectively.”
The new devices provide two-way voice and text communication, as well as enhanced live monitoring such as fall and no-motion detection, silent alarm activation and missed check-ins, allowing for quicker notification to emergency personnel in crisis situations. The devices’ direct link to satellite capability also enables monitoring when staff are working indoors.
The government said that the investment will be a big help to those who work in remote areas who face unique challenges such as isolation and the inability to dispatch emergency services. While performing their duties, officers will now be able to rely on the new leading-edge devices to help ensure their safety, according to the government.
In September, the government announced it is modernizing the adult correctional system across Eastern Ontario. This builds on the province’s $500 million investment over five years to transform correctional facilities across the province to help ensure the safety and security of frontline staff.