Community Camera Program
Do you currently utilize private video surveillance at your home or business? If you do, we'd like to hear from you.
Video surveillance is one of the best methods for apprehending criminals and convicting suspects who are caught in the act of committing a crime. Installing video surveillance is a great example of community-police partnerships and is something the Jacksonville Police Department values highly.
How Does It Work?
The Community Camera Program allows residents and business owners to register locations and capabilities of their security camera systems with the Jacksonville Police Department. Using this information, when a crime occurs, the Jacksonville Police Department will know the locations of nearby video cameras and be able to collect video evidence and follow up on leads.
What are the Benefits of Registering your Camera?
Because they are caught in the act of committing the crime, video surveillance is one of the best methods to catch suspects and convict them. As crimes occur nearby, many residents and business owners are unaware that their camera systems may have captured information that could help solve a crime. Likewise, police are not always aware of who may have potentially vital video evidence.
By registering your camera, officers can quickly identify nearby cameras that may have captured criminal activity. After registering your camera, you will only be contacted by the Jacksonville Police Department if there is a criminal incident in the vicinity of your security camera and police personnel believe viewing your video footage will assist in the investigation.
How do I register?
The goal of the Community Camera program is to deter crime and promote public safety through collaboration between the Jacksonville Police Department and the communities we serve. Accordingly, all registrants agree to the following terms and conditions:
- If necessary, the Jacksonville Police Department will contact you directly, using the information provided by you at the time of registration, to request the appropriate video surveillance footage.
- Any and all video surveillance footage shall remain the property of the registrant until it is requested by the Jacksonville Police Department and collected from the registrant by the Jacksonville Police Department. Your voluntary participation in this program shall not be construed as an obligation to release any surveillance video to the Jacksonville Police Department upon request.
- Any footage containing or related to criminal activity collected by the Jacksonville Police Department may be use as evidence during any stage of a criminal proceeding.
- Under no circumstances shall registrants construe that they are acting as an agent and/or employee of the City of Jacksonville and /or the Jacksonville Police Department through the program.
- Under no circumstances shall the Jacksonville Police Department utilize any information obtained to view footage/feeds directly from cameras owned by registrants.