Police conclude investigation into CCI cameras
COLLINGWOOD — Police for the OPP in Collingwood have concluded that there was no breach of privacy after video cameras were discovered in the music rooms of Collingwood Collegiate Institute ( CCI).
Late last year it was discovered there were cameras installed in some of the music classrooms at CCI, installed without CCI and school board knowledge or approval.
The OPP has concluded its investigation into the matter after fur- ther information came forward that indicated some students used those classrooms to change clothes.
OPP investigators seized eight video cameras, six of which were disguised as smoke detectors, and a hard drive recording system from the Simcoe County District School Board. The disguised cameras were discovered in music room 148 and adjacent rooms 148A, 148B and 148C during a routine health and safety inspection.
The police investigation determined that the two undisguised cameras were disconnected and had not been utilized for several years.
The disguised cameras were recording to a hard drive which overwrote itself every three months. Police executed a search warrant to download the video recordings from the hard drive which contained events taking place between April 8, 2016 and June 2, 2016.
None of the video obtained by police showed any evidence of privacy violations which would substantiate criminal charges.
Witness testimony suggests that some students performed costume changes in areas monitored by the disguised cameras under the belief that the room was considered a private change area. None of the students and former students interviewed by police were aware of the disguised cameras.
It was determined that the disguised camera system had been in place for approximately nine years and only a select number of music department staff was aware of the disguised camera system.
There was no evidence to suggest the cameras were used for any other purpose than security of the music department classrooms and property.