Shar­ing sur­veil­lance ex­pe­ri­ence

The Compass - - OPINION -

The Town of Car­bon­ear has been in­vited to share its ex­pe­ri­ences from its suc­cess­ful sur­veil­lance pro­gram to rep­re­sen­ta­tives of seven mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties from around the prov­ince at a two-day train­ing ses­sion June 6 and 7 for a new pro­gram to com­bat il­le­gal dump­ing be­ing held in Con­cep­tion Bay South.

The Multi Ma­te­ri­als Stew­ard­ship Board, or MMSB, has or­ga­nized a pro­gram called the Il­le­gal Dump­ing Sur­veil­lance As­sis­tance Pro­gram that will help those seven mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties — Labrador City, Deer Lake, El­lis­ton, Marys­town, Pla­cen­tia, Stephenville and the North­ern Penin­sula Re­gional Ser­vice Board — re­ceive the equip­ment and train­ing nec­es­sary to im­ple­ment ef­fec­tive il­le­gal dump­ing sur­veil­lance and en­force­ment pro­grams within their com­mu­ni­ties.

Late spring of last year, Car­bon­ear took the ini­tia­tive to pur­chase and in­stall sur­veil­lance sys­tems around the town in ar­eas of sus­pected il­le­gal dump­ing.

So far the sur­veil­lance cam­eras have been both use­ful and cred­i­ble, lead­ing to the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of a sus­pected dumper through footage taken along Fox Farm Road, a pop­u­lar dump­ing ground in the town.

The $65,000 MMSB pro­gram is hop­ing to have sim­i­lar re­sults in other ar­eas through this event, which will be led by Con­cep­tion Bay South mu­nic­i­pal en­force­ment of­fi­cer Brian Cran­ford.

Car­bon­ear’s en­force­ment, Gord Par­sons, has pre­vi­ously stated the cam­eras are not only be­ing used to de­ter dump­ing, but also to mon­i­tor other parts of the town, in­clud­ing parks and the com­mu­nity gar­den.

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