People with private surveillance cameras asked to assist Sheriff's Office
Last updated 10/10/2019 at 1:13pm
The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office is asking citizens with personal home surveillance cameras to become a member of their VIP (Video Identification Program) group, according to a press release.
By joining, those with surveillance systems might potentially help solve crimes or locate evidence of crimes, faster and more effectively.
What is it? The VIP program lets the Sheriff’s Office know where potential video records might be found in the event a significant incident or crime occurred in the area. With this information, investigators would know the potential locations where video evidence of an actual incident, suspect, or vehicle entering or leaving the area where a crime has occurred might be found.
This type of evidence and the ability to obtain it quickly is invaluable, according to the Sheriff’s statement.
Is the Sheriff asking for remote access to your surveillance system? No. They are asking people to let the department know if they have a system and what direction or area it records. Investigators can then access a map of known surveillance cameras in the area of a crime, including possible routes taken by any suspects as they arrived or fled a crime scene.
They are also asking for contact information for the surveillance system owners so they can contact those locations that may have valuable evidence recorded.
How to join. Go to the Sheriff’s Office website at http://www.spokanesheriff.org, click on the VIP icon and provide your information.