Concord Police are asking residents and businesses to join what they call a new police-community partnership known as the Community Electronic Eye (CEE) program.
Police say the goal is to help “solve the crime” using the community’s private video cameras.
Participation in this program is voluntary and free. Police are asking community members to record their private surveillance camera systems. When officers investigate criminal incidents, they may be able to use footage collected from community cameras.
According to a statement on the city’s website, police say, “Officers going door to door during an investigation take time, especially when time is running out to solve a crime. One solution is to know where the security cameras are located, so if a crime occurs near a recorded camera, officers can quickly contact the owner of the camera and work with them to review and retrieve the video if necessary. “
Police said the CEE program would allow them to contact private members of the community and ask to see any footage they may have collected.
Concord Police said participation in the program does not provide the department with “direct access to your camera system or footage.”
The site also states that any information collected through the images is for official use only and that personal information will be kept confidential and will not be released to the public.
“Our goal is to empower residents by taking a community-based approach to policing. We hope you will join us in this initiative and help protect the community we all care about,” they said.
To learn more or to register, go to https://www.cityofconcord.org/1001/Camera-Registry.
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