Implementing Municipal Camera Programs for Public Safety
Jan 15, 2016
In this post 9/11 era, municipalities are increasingly using camera programs in a support of public safety. These video surveillance systems could take many forms from downtown surveillance cameras to police dash cams and police body-worn cameras. An article in the International City/County Management Association’s (ICMA) Public Management magazine, “Getting the Picture: Addressing The Surveillance Revolution,” focuses on a range of issues to consider when implementing these surveillance programs. See below.
Co-authored by Mark Ryckman, ICMA-CM and city manager of Corning, New York and Don Zoufal, JD, CPP and an advisor for SDI Solutions, LLC of Chicago, the article urges municipal leaders to not only recognize quickly changing technology and the costs to purchase and maintain these systems, but the need to develop written policies and procedures related to all aspects of operating these systems, including the storage, retrieval, and maintenance of video records; security issues; privacy concerns and transparency requirements; and the needs of the criminal justice system.