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The City of Lawrence will be providing, operating and maintaining the camera system in an attempt tocreate a safe and secure environment as well as to protect the health, safety and welfare of all those wholive, work, visit and transact business within the City. The monitoring devices will be strategicallyplaced throughout the City at the direction of the Chief of Police for the purpose of assisting theLawrence Police Department (“LPD”) in detecting and deterring crime throughout the City, and mostimportantly an invaluable tool for an investigator to solve crimes. There are numerous examples ofsurveillance footage aiding in an offender’s conviction. Surveillance footage can also help identifypotential witnesses who might not otherwise come forward to police. Surveillance footage evidence canbe compelling, though issues of image quality are a factor surveillance images are used for identificationpurposes. If the cameras record an incident, and police respond rapidly and make an arrest within viewof the camera (and the offender does not leave the sight of the camera), the recording of the incident canhelp investigators gain a conviction, usually through a guilty plea. The potential to assist in policeinvestigations may also drive offenders away from committing offenses that take time, as they run agreater risk of capture. These cameras will not be used to enforce traffic violations. These locations willbe determined through an analysis of crime patterns and commonly known “Hot Spots” throughout theCity. Additionally, the Chief of Police will be asking for input from the Mayor, the City Council,Business Leaders and Neighborhood group regarding the placement of these cameras
The cameras will act as crime prevention, scene reconstruction, and evidence gathering tools and willalso be a key resource which will aid the LPD and other municipal officials in securing vulnerable sitesby producing real time views of both crime scenes and emergency scenes, allowing LPD command staffto manage the police response in an efficient and timely manner.The camera system shall consist of City-owned monitoring devices. The particular type of monitoringdevice installed at a location shall be determined by and at the sole discretion of the Chief of Police orhis designee. The camera system shall also have the capability to be accessed remotely through a webbasedvirtual private network (VPN) connection. The Chief of Police shall limit this type pf access toauthorized users only. There will be a monitor placed in the Office of the Officer in Charge (OIC) ofeach shift, as well as the dispatch center. The data will be stored for 30 days. There are two types ofcameras; those that may be fixed to monitor a static location and those installed with a pan-tilt-zoomcapability to survey a wider range of view and/or a closer view. These cameras will be clearly markedwith the with Lawrence Police Department logo in a conspicuous manner as an additional crimedeterrent. At this time we anticipate that there will be 28 triple head cameras at 28 locations, which asstated will be determined at a later date.The Department is conscious of the City’s budgetary constraints and is constantly looking for strategiesto enhance crime prevention while increasing efficiency. Having cameras at 28 locations throughout theCity will provide invaluable monitoring capabilities that will assist the Department in deterring,responding to, and solving crimes.