Operation Secure San Diego had all the makings of a surveillance program that deserved more public scrutiny – even if it did eventually turn out to be a dud.
The San Diego Police Department in 2010 launched a program that would have given it access to private security cameras all over the city. It said the program would deter crime, collect evidence and give officers a live feed of crime scenes as events were unfolding.
In reality, half of the cameras they got access to weren’t compatible with their internal system, and officers’ cars don’t have fast enough modems to make the feeds useful in the first place.
As a result, the program never took off, and the department isn’t actively expanding it right now.
But the department still has blanket access to all those surveillance cameras, and says it’s doing ongoing work on the IT side to solve the program’s compatibility issues. And officer cars are getting upgraded computers over the next three years that would speed up the live stream.
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I think that every person that comes into San Diego city limits or lives here should by law be made to wear a camera. That way we can all watch each other and the police can demand the footage of each camera at any time. How else are we to combat this huge increase in crime that has engulfed San Diego? In addition the police will not be required to wear cameras and will be absolved of any possible crime that they may commit on a citizen. This way we cut down on those pesky and expensive excessive force and officer misconduct law suits. I see this as a great way to control all citizen behavior. Also, all politicians will not be required to wear cameras, and like the police will be free from any law suits from crimes they may commit against the general public.
I'll let Five-O tap into my home security camera...if they promise to catch the rat that's eating my tomatoes.
Vice Nab or Victor Trap