Citizens Electronic Eye Program
The Butler Police Department is proud to announce a new Police-Community Partnership Program. The Police Department is trying to make a registry of homeowners’ surveillance cameras that could be used to catch criminals.
The Butler Police Department Citizens Electronic Eye Program, or CEE Program, would map out the locations of the cameras, so officers can find possible evidence faster. The directory would not allow officers to tap into private cameras, as it would just indicate where the cameras are located.
The Butler Police Department is committed to our partnership with residents and business owners. Many business owners and residents currently operate surveillance systems at their businesses and/or homes. As crimes occur nearby, they are not always aware that their system may have captured information that could help solve the crime, thus keeping our community safer. In turn, the police are also not always aware who may have this potentially vital information. The Police Department is asking residents and businesses across town to register their privately owned surveillance camera systems.
Using the geographic locations of the registered cameras, the Police Department will be able to directly e-mail or call citizens in an area in which a crime occurred. A common e-mail may ask the citizen to check their video surveillance system for a specific date and time for video capturing a suspect, getaway car or a crime. If the citizen finds any video evidence, they can contact the Police Department to make arrangements for video retrieval. The Police Department then 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.
Citizens can register their cameras by completing a Voluntary Video Surveillance Registration Form and dropping it off or mailing it to:
Butler Police Department
Attn: Citizens Eye Program
10 High Street
Butler, New Jersey 07405