WEST HARTFORD — Dozens of local residents have already volunteered to participate in the police department’s video sharing program, according to a spokesperson.
The program, which police announced was “officially underway” earlier this month, aims to create a registry of community members who are willing to provide security camera footage for potential police use in investigations, according to the town’s website.
As of Thursday, there were 47 registrations with the department, all of which were residences, police public information officer Capt. Michael Perruccio said.
“So, the whole idea with this video registry is just to get people’s names and phone numbers and let us know that they do have a camera, and if we ever wanted to discuss anything regarding their camera, that we could at least give them a call and have that conversation,” he said.
Perruccio said the registry does not mean the police will have access to the cameras, such as through a remote control.
“It’s simply a way for us to go down a list and say, OK, this person lives on this street, there was a crime that occurred, we’re going to give this person a call and say ‘Hey, just to let you know, this is what happened on your street. You know, thank you for registering, we’re hoping that we could maybe check your video and see, did you maybe catch this happen?’” Perruccio said.
The registration form touches on some basic details about the cameras, such as where they are located, under what circumstances they record and whether they’re pointed toward a road. A person can later choose to be removed from the registry, Perruccio said.
West Hartford Police “certainly borrowed quite a few ideas from” the Bristol Police Department, which already had a video sharing program instituted, Perruccio said.
“That’s one of the things that we’ve always tried to work harder at is the information sharing,” he said. “Because, unfortunately, people that commit crimes on a frequent basis, they know no jurisdictional boundaries, it doesn’t matter to them whether they’re in West Hartford, Bristol, Middletown, whatever.”