Under a new Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department program, private citizens and business owners can register to share surveillance camera footage to help solve crimes.
Sheriff Scott Jones says the “electronic eye” program can be useful in identifying criminals. He says surveillance footage could also help identify vehicles involved in hit-and-run cases and help track down missing people.
“The earlier and more quickly we can get information, direction of travel, get leads of vehicle identification to feed Amber alert system, those things are going to play a critical role in the early intervention and apprehension of folks.”
After a camera’s owner has consented to providing footage to the Sheriff’s Department, it will be the only agency with access to it.
Sacramento joins Philadelphia as the only metro areas operating such a program. San Jose is reportedly considering its own surveillance video sharing program.
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