City Wide Camera System Pilot Program

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q:   What is the purpose of the camera system?
A: 
  Due to the ever-increasing police services costs, the City is exploring technology options to augment public safety services. The purpose of the camera system is to transmit video to City Hall to improve police, fire, emergency, and traffic management efforts.

Q:   What is the Pilot program?
A:
   The pilot program is the viability testing of three (3) high definition camera systems to examine the clarity of video and transmission feed.

Q:   Why a Pilot Program? And how much will it cost?
A: 
  The upcoming festival season provides an optimal scenario to conduct live testing during an influx of people to the City. There is “no cost” to the City.

Q:   Where will the camera be located?
A: 
  The camera systems will be installed at separate intersections: Washington St. at Eisenhower Dr., Washington St. at Ave. 52, and Jefferson St. at Ave. 49.

Q:   When is the testing period of the Pilot Program?
A:
   The testing period is 90 days from March through May 31, 2019.

Q:   What protects the public from racial profiling or invasion of privacy?
A:   The City drafted a set of policies and procedures to regulate the use of video obtained from the camera system.  Click here to review or print document or contact Anthony Moreno for more information at 760-777-7000.

Q:   Will these cameras be equipped with face recognition and license plate readers?
A:
   No, the cameras will not be equipped with facial recognition or license plate readers.

Q:   Can the public view the video feed?
A:
   Yes, the public is welcomed to view live video feed during the testing period at City Hall’s lobby during business hours.

Q:   What’s next?
A:
   In June 2019, City staff will report the findings from the pilot program to Council.