In an effort to proactively address crime and also keep residents safe in Delaware County, District Attorney Katayoun Copeland launched a countywide community camera partnership program for homeowners and businesses to register their camera systems.
Joined by Delaware County Council Chairman John McBlain and police chiefs from Delaware County, the announcement was made at the 1700 block of Ridegway Road in Haverford Township at the home of the first registrants.
Through the District Attorney’s Criminal Investigation Division, the program, known as DA DelCAM, will provide a valuable tool in the fight against crime countywide. It will also serve as a proactive measure to ensure the safety of vulnerable residents and locate missing persons, such as children and older residents.
“For law enforcement, video surveillance is one of the best forms of evidence, and it is also a helpful tool in locating and protecting some of our most vulnerable residents, such as a child who may have wandered off or run away from home, someone suffering from drug addiction or mental illness, or an older resident who may be suffering from dementia who strays from their residence,” said Copeland.
Through this program, law enforcement will have the capability to know where cameras are located throughout the county and access footage quickly and solve crimes faster while also empowering the public to help law enforcement fight crime in their own community. Those who register their camera system will receive a letter from the District Attorney and DA DelCAM emblem to post to show they are participants.
“Sharing video surveillance systems with law enforcement is a great example of community-law enforcement partnerships and we believe this is a step forward as we investigate crimes in our community and work towards reducing gun violence,” said District Attorney Copeland.
Delaware County residents and businesses are encouraged to register their surveillance cameras online through the District Attorney’s secure website. Participation in the program is strictly voluntary, and all information will be kept in a secure database that will only be accessed by verified members of law enforcement.