After a meeting that has lasted almost an entire day on Tuesday, the Toronto Police Services Board voted to pass a series of recommendations aimed at police reform. The vote was unanimous and included the motion to adopt Toronto Police body cameras on all officers. The roll-out of these cameras will begin next week.\nThe news was announced just before 4 p.m. on August 18.\nEditor's Choice: Canada's COVID-19 Cases Are On The Rise In Multiple Provinces & The Graphs Are Wild\nWith the motion passed, the police board will sign a contract with Axon Canada to buy 2,350 cameras at a cost of over $34 million for five years, with an additional one-year option, reports CTV's Rahim Ladhani.\nDeputy Chief Shawna Coxon said the move is about increasing transparency and accountability within the police service. She added Toronto Police's 23rd Division will be the first to get the cameras, starting next week.\nA petition circulated in May has since garnered over 100,00 signatures in support of introducing body-worn cameras after the death of Regis Korchinski-Paquet.\nFormer police Chief Mark Saunders came out in support of the motion after that incident, announcing he would make fast-tracking their introduction a priority.\nThe @TPSBoard just approved body-worn-cameras for @torontopolice officers. This is about ⬆️ #accountability & #transparency. It will also ⬆️ efficiencies in video evidence storage (not just from bwc) & free up officer time. Roll-out begins in @TPS23Div next wk. #TorontoPolice pic.twitter.com/T35ifhlCiI— Shawna Coxon (@ShawnaCoxon) August 18, 2020\n"This is a textbook case as to why I have been advocating for body-worn cameras and I am now fast-tracking, to the best of my ability, to allow that process to speed up so we can have access to body-worn cameras as soon as possible," he told reporters after Korchinski-Paquet's death.\nNot everyone was for the move, though.\nThe Toronto Star's Wendy Gillis reports that several people, including a Toronto police accountability coalition's spokesperson, called them a "very bad investment" and an unwise way to spend money.\nMy Command and I believe the time is now to make fundamental change. We will continue to work with the @TPSBoard & our communities to get this right. We're rolling out Body-Worn Cameras to deliver accountable, transparent policing through a gradual deployment of this technology.— Interim Chief James Ramer (@jamesramertps) August 18, 2020\nAnd activist Desmond Cole, who doesn't support body-worn cameras, says the measures don't address the concerns raised by people and advocacy groups who have called in recent months for the police to be defunded.\n“They are completely out of step with the public conversation around defunding and abolishing that’s been going on for months,” Cole told CBC on Tuesday.\nThe decision comes just a week after a report revealed Black people are far more likely to be stopped, arrested, or even killed in interactions with police than other ethnicities.\nAt Tuesday's meeting, the police board also gave recommendations on implementing more training on anti-Black racism, as well as expanding mobile crisis teams, per CBC.