cell phonesOntario Provincial Police West Region Headquarters is donating over 200 surplus cell phones to 11 Victim Services agencies across Southwestern Ontario.

The donated cell phones will support victims of crime and vulnerable people in crisis who may not have access to or may not be able to safely use their own cell phone. The donated cell phones will also  support a victims' safety plan and lessen re-victimization by helping to prevent isolation. A cell phone ensures that a victim or vulnerable person will have a means of communication to ensure their ongoing access to support services, referrals and medical care as needed. The phone also allows police to maintain contact with a victim to keep them updated during an investigation, the ensuing court process or to call 911 in an emergency.

cell phones 2West Region Headquarters administrative staff securely wiped all existing data from the phones prior to donation. The agencies receiving the phones will cover the costs associated with cell phone service. The OPP phones were made surplus after members received new models. 

The following agencies will receive the decommissioned OPP cell phones:

Victim Services of Bruce, Grey and Perth
Chatham-Kent Victim Services
Victim Services Elgin
Victim Services Huron County
Victim Services of Middlesex-London
Victim Assistance Services Oxford County
Victim Services of Sarnia-Lambton
Victim Services of Windsor-Essex County
Victim Services of Brant
Victim Services of Haldimand-Norfolk/New Credit
Victim Services Wellington

source: media release, OPP


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