Po­lice con­clude in­ves­ti­ga­tion into CCI cam­eras

The Enterprise-Bulletin (Collingwood) - - NEWS -

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.

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