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Community Watch Team
The Bristol Police Department is pleased to announce a new community policing initiative called the “Community Watch Team (CWT)”. Do you currently utilize external video surveillance at your home or business? If you do, we would love to hear from you. We are encouraging residents and business owners that have external surveillance cameras, to register their cameras with the Bristol Police Department. Video surveillance is a valuable tool in the detection, identification, apprehension and conviction of criminals who plague our City with crime.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The Bristol Police Department is committed to our mission, “To Protect and Serve the Community with Integrity and Professionalism” and we value our partnership with Bristol residents and business owners. Currently, numerous residents and business owners utilize surveillance systems at their homes and/or businesses. As crimes occur nearby, these residents and business owners are not always aware that their systems may have captured information that could be useful to the police. In turn, the police are not always aware who may have this potentially vital information. So let’s partner up! The Bristol Police Department is asking residents and business owners throughout the City to register their privately owned external surveillance camera systems. As the Bristol Police respond to criminal incidents throughout our community, we may be able to use the information or footage gathered from the security cameras to assist in the apprehension and prosecution of the criminals involved.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF REGISTERING YOUR CAMERA?
Registering your cameras will help the Bristol Police to quickly identify any potential criminal activity that may have been captured on your system. Upon registering your camera, you would only be contacted by the Bristol Police Department if there is/was a criminal incident in the vicinity of your security camera. Police personnel, if necessary, may request to view your camera footage in order to assist in the investigation and making the City of Bristol a safer place to live.
This is a VOLUNTARY registry. The Bristol Police Department will NOT proactively take control of, access or use your video surveillance system in any way. In accordance with CT Law, all personal information collected will remain confidential. CWT stickers will be provided to those wishing to advertise our partnership.