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Agenda Title:

Police Community Camera Program

Accept the report from staff regarding the Community Camera Program. This presentation is for informational purposes only. 
Executive Summary:

Officer John Syme of the Independence Police Department will provide an overview of the Community Camera Program. It is a voluntary camera registration program in which private citizens and business owners notify the Independence Police Department (IPD) that they have surveillance cameras at their homes or businesses. This is a positive community partnership that helps police access information on private systems to solve crimes. 

Video surveillance is one of the best methods for apprehending and convicting suspects who are caught in a criminal act. Installing video surveillance is a great example of community-police partnerships and is something the Police Department highly values to serve the community. The Community Camera Program encourages citizens to voluntarily register their private surveillance systems with police. 

Many business owners and residents already have surveillance systems at their businesses and/or homes. As crimes occur nearby, they are not always aware that their system may have captured information that could help police solve crimes. By registering their camera systems, it will help police quickly identify nearby cameras that may have captured criminal activity.

As police respond to criminal incidents, they may be able to use the information or footage gathered from the security cameras to assist in the apprehension and prosecution of the criminals involved. Staff is working to launch a simple online registration form on the city's website. An informational brochure will be distributed through social media and community events that also has a registration form.

Police officers and detectives will have access to a secure mapping system that will allow them to see where registered cameras exist at or near crime scenes. After registering, citizens would only be contacted by IPD if there is a criminal incident in the vicinity of their security camera. Police personnel, if necessary, may request to view the camera footage in order to assist in criminal investigations.

This is a strictly voluntary program with no obligation to participate. This is not a proactive monitoring service from police since IPD will not have remote access to the systems. 

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