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Security cameras are widely used by many law enforcement agencies, not just those in higher education communities.  Any agency that has responsibilities for security cameras should have written directives in place to guide the use of those systems without overburdening the agency with extensive reviews.  Security cameras are nearly as ubiquitous as traffic control devices in agencies of all different sizes & missions. CALEA does not have, nor should it have, a mandatory review process for the placement and use of traffic control devices.  Neither should CALEA have an extensive review mandate in place for security cameras.  All agencies should, and probably do, have on-going review practices in place, but to mandate an annual review of all camera locations and incidents is impractical.  The standard should be relocated to a more appropriate chapter.

 91.1.8  Security Camera Responsibilities

If the agency has responsibilities for security cameras, a written directive addresses:

a.         assessing conditions for camera locations;

b.         establishing conditions and responsibilities for monitoring cameras and responding to potential incidents;

c.         establishing a media retention schedule and security access protocols;

d.         maintenance and testing responsibilities;

e.         training of employees;

f.          annual reevaluation of incidents and camera locations;

f.          procedures to reevaluate camera locations and associated technology;

g..        requests to view recordings and the release of information/data.

Commentary

 Security cameras are effective in reducing crime and aiding in the identification of criminals, identifying traffic problems and situations where the public may need assistance.  The responsibilities for security camera surveillance may be shared with other departments or organizations; however, it is important that all parties involved meet their responsibilities.  The agency should have processes in place that will allow camera locations and system technology to be evaluated and modified as appropriate.   The location and technical deployment of camera should be reevaluated to ensure timely adjustments are made. (M M M M) (LE1)

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