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UMD Police will Continue to Monitor City Cameras, at Least for another Year

University of Maryland Police checks images from camera feeds in old town College Park

At tonight’s meeting, the Council will consider approving an agreement with the University of Maryland Department of Public Safety to provide live security camera monitoring, data storage, and forensic video evidence retrieval through FY 20 an annual cost for FY 2019 of $144,879 and FY 2020 of $149,226.

At last week’s meeting, the Council reviewed UMPD services and discussed alternatives to live to monitor these cameras and decided continuing this service through FY 20.

The Council has asked staff getting information from the UMD police about the effectiveness of these cameras and explore options to reduce the camera monitoring program by potentially record only the camera system. Replacing these cameras by stationary cameras wouls save camera budget, which would allow adding 6 cameras in the city every year.

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