The Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) has implemented a new biometric health monitoring system to help ensure the safety of detainees in police custody.

The system which was implemented in June, 2024, offers continuous, real-time monitoring of vital health metrics, including the heart rate and respiratory rate of detainees. The system is operational at the HRPS Central Lock-Up, located at 20 Division in Oakville, and provides alerts to staff in the event of medical distress. Using state-of-the-art radar-based sensors this new approach reduces risk and ensures timely medical assessments for detained individuals in need.

Police have noted an increasing presence of potentially deadly narcotics such as fentanyl when taking people into custody and continue to look for ways to increase safety for everyone. In 2022, the HRPS began making free lifesaving Naloxone available through Central Lock-Up to anyone requesting one.

Biometric health monitoring will work alongside existing care policies which includes in-person well-being checks for detainees at regular intervals. 

The HRPS is among the first police services in the province to implement this technology.

"This technology not only enhances our ability to ensure the safety and well-being of detainees in our custody, but it also underscores our commitment to upholding the highest standards of care and responsibility,” said Staff Sergeant Gus Bistas of the HRPS Strategic Management Office. “By closely monitoring vital signs and health indicators, we can respond swiftly and effectively to medical needs, ultimately creating a safer environment for everyone involved."

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