In an effort to continue our public safety partnership with citizens and businesses, the Sturbridge Police Department is excited to launch a new initiative called the Sturbridge Police Camera Registry Program (SPCRP). This new program will help our residents and business owners aid Sturbridge Police in solving crimes and various neighborhood problems. The SPCRP allows residents and business owners to voluntarily register their video surveillance systems with the Sturbridge Police Department. When a crime occurs, police will be able to identify the locations of nearby cameras via the registry and enlist the assistance of the community to help officers collect potential video surveillance and follow up on leads.
With this program, the Sturbridge Police Department will be able to directly contact SPCRP members that are using video surveillance in an area in which a crime occurred. Police would ask SPCRP members to check their video footage for a specific date and time that may show activity involved with a crime, such as a getaway car or the direction that a person of interest traveled. These video clips can be crucial to solving many neighborhood crimes such as smash and grabs, house breaks, robberies and vandalism to name a few. The Sturbridge Police currently conduct neighborhood canvasses an interview neighbors now as a routine practice to obtain evidence however having the knowledge of who has exterior security cameras may increase our solvability of these crimes.
By signing below, you agree to the following Program terms and conditions and acknowledge that you have read and understand the terms and conditions:
- Your participation in the Program is entirely voluntary.
- Your participation does not provide the Sturbridge Police Department with direct access to your camera and/or surveillance equipment.
- Your participation does not make you an agent or an employee of the Sturbridge Police Department or the Town of Sturbridge.
- The Sturbridge Police Department and the Town of Sturbridge do not and will not approve or disapprove of any particular location for or use of your equipment.
- You may withdraw from the Program and delete your registration at any time by notifying the Sturbridge Police Department, 346 Main Street, Sturbridge, MA 01566; Attn: Lt. Dessert.
- If footage from equipment you register is of interest, the Sturbridge Police Department will contact you, using the contact information you provide, to request you to provide the footage, which may or may not be used as evidence during any stage of an investigation or criminal proceeding.
- Any release by you under the Program of footage from your equipment to the Sturbridge Police Department will be entirely voluntary.
- Footage provided by you to the Sturbridge Police Department under the Program, to the extent permitted by law, will remain confidential.
- The Town of Sturbridge and the Sturbridge Police Department and their officials and employees make no assurances to you of any kind due to your participation in the Program.
- You are solely responsible for using and maintaining your equipment in compliance with all applicable laws.
- Participation in the Program is not a determination by the Sturbridge Police Department or the Town of Sturbridge that you are using and maintaining your surveillance equipment in compliance with all applicable laws.
- The Town of Sturbridge and the Sturbridge Police Department and their respective officials and employees are not responsible for any recording that you make.