The Community Camera Alliance, a program that encourages businesses and residents with closed-circuit television (CCTV) to register their systems with police to assist in solving and preventing crime, has been launched in Mount Isa.
Minister for Police, Mark Ryan said the program was completely voluntary, with registration information only accessible by police on their secure database.
“Those who do register can request to be removed from the system at any time,” Mr Ryan said.
“If a registered system is in an area that may assist in a police investigation, police will reach out to the registered owner and ask for help by providing footage.”
He said those interested in registering their CCTV systems could contact the Mount Isa Crime Prevention Unit or register online.
Mr Ryan said police were looking to the future with the introduction of the program.
“Police are harnessing this increasingly popular technology to create a network of resources to be able to solve crime faster and prevent crime in the first place,” he said.
“This initiative promotes a positive relationship between members of the community and the police, providing a pathway for the public to be actively involved in protecting their own neighbourhoods.”
Commissioner of Queensland Police Service, Katarina Carroll said the initiative formed a key component of modern policing.
“We are always seeking to obtain as much evidence and information as possible to assist with our investigations,” Commissioner Carroll said.
“Establishing this network of CCTV systems in Mount Isa means investigators can call upon the community to assist in solving and preventing crime.”