Move on CCTV ac­cess by po­lice

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By EMILY BAKER

PO­LICE could have ac­cess to pri­vate video cam­eras if a draft CCTV strat­egy goes ahead.

The strat­egy an­nounced last week by Po­lice Min­is­ter Liza Har­vey is part of a State Govern­ment elec­tion prom­ise to de­liver more ef­fec­tive use of closed cir­cuit tele­vi­sion in WA.

Ms Har­vey said it would re­fresh the ex­ist­ing CCTV reg­is­ter, known as Blue Iris, and con­trib­ute to fight­ing crime across WA.

“It will al­low pri­vate op­er­a­tors to reg­is­ter their CCTV sys­tem with po­lice, but also ad­dresses guide­lines around CCTV – mak­ing sure peo­ple un­der­stand the type of vi­sion po­lice need if they are go­ing to use that footage for an in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” she said.

“The strat­egy also looks at footage that is filmed on mo­bile phones and of­fers some kind of sys­tem and pro­to­cols around that, so po­lice are able to en­cap­su­late some of that CCTV footage that gets cap­tured by the com­mu­nity.”

Un­der the strat­egy, po­lice could re­motely log onto an IP ad­dress where CCTV footage is be­ing down­loaded and use the vi­sion as a crime preven­tion tool.

But the per­son who owns the CCTV footage would have to en­ter an agree­ment with po­lice al­low­ing them ac­cess to it.

Ms Har­vey said the strat­egy would mainly fo­cus on en­ter­tain­ment precincts where pri­vate cam­eras faced pub­lic ar­eas.

“CCTV makes a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion in terms of both preventing and solv­ing crime,” she said. “How­ever, fac­tors such as poor qual­ity, in­cor­rect for­mat­ting or lack of ac­ces­si­bil­ity have ham­pered po­lice ef­forts to use it ef­fec­tively.”

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