Community Camera Program

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Protect yourself, your family and your community by registering with the Community Camera Program.

The Community Camera Program is the Longview Police Departments newest crime prevention and investigation tool. The goal of the Community Camera Program is to stop crime and promote public safety through collaboration between the Longview Police Department and the community we serve.

Citizen-provided security camera footage is increasingly becoming an invaluable asset to LPD, helping establish leads and identify perpetrators. Surveillance video recorded by cameras owned by residents and business owners has resulted in the arrests of numerous criminals. The Community Camera Program is your opportunity to make your neighborhood a safer place for the entire community. Registering your camera not only helps deter crime but also assists the Department in developing a crime prevention strategy in your neighborhood.

How It Works:

All Community Camera Program information is kept confidential. Residents and business owners who currently have cameras or are looking to purchase cameras can complete three easy steps to register their cameras with our program.

1) Registering

It only takes about 10 minutes. You will provide basic information, like where your camera is located. There is no cost for registering your camera. 

2) Verification

Once you have completed the registration process, a member of the Department will follow up with you to confirm your information.

3) Request for Video

You will be contacted by the Longview Police Department if there is a criminal incident near your camera. Police personnel, if necessary, may request a copy of the video that was captured by your camera to assist in the investigation of a crime.

By voluntarily registering your contact information with LPD, detectives will know how to reach you if a crime occurs in the vicinity of your property. Registering your information does not provide LPD with direct access to your camera. The Longview Police Department will only contact you if they believe your camera could contain evidence relevant to an investigation. Evidence provided by your camera could mean the difference between bringing a perpetrator to justice or leaving a crime unsolved.

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The goal of the Community Camera Program is to deter crime and promote public safety through collaboration between the Longview Police Department and the communities we serve. Accordingly, all Community Camera registrants agree to the following terms and conditions: 

  1. If necessary, the Longview Police Department will contact you directly, using the information provided by you at the time of registration, to request the appropriate video surveillance footage.
  2. Any and all video surveillance footage shall remain the property of the registrant until it is requested by the Longview Police Department and collected from the registrant by the Longview Police Department.  Your voluntary participation in this program shall not be construed as an obligation to release any surveillance video to the Longview Police Department upon request.
  3. Any footage containing or related to criminal activity collected by the Longview Department may be use as evidence during any stage of a criminal proceeding.
  4. Under no circumstances shall registrants construe that they are acting as an agent and/or employee of the City of Longview and /or the Longview Police Department through the program.
  5. Under no circumstances shall the Longview Police Department utilize any information obtained to view footage/feeds directly from cameras owned by registrants.

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