Scott D. Benton, Chief of Police
20 Essex St
Whitman, MA 02382
For Immediate Release
Friday, June 2, 2017
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Whitman Police Department Launches Camera Registration System
WHITMAN — Chief Scott D. Benton announces that the Whitman Police Department is looking to partner with residents and business owners with privately owned surveillance cameras in an effort to prevent and solve crimes.
This week, the department launched its Camera Registration System, which allows community members to register their private surveillance systems with the Whitman Police Department so that they can be used to help law enforcement collect video evidence and follow up on leads when needed.
Through the program, Whitman Police will be able to directly contact registered participants if a crime occurs in their area. Police would then ask the resident or business owner to check their cameras on a specific day and time to help with identifying a potential suspect, getaway car, or to provide other details for an investigation.
“The Camera Registration System is another crime prevention tool that can be used by Whitman Police to help keep our community safe,” Chief Benton said. “Our goal is to not only deter crime throughout town, but to also bring investigations to a quick close with the help of video surveillance.”
Registration is voluntary and there is no cost. Participation in the program does not provide the Whitman Police Department with direct access to your cameras.
Chief Benton would like to thank Josh MacNeil, the town’s IT Director for his work in helping the department implement this system.
“Information sharing is critical these days and the more information we can obtain the more effective we can be at solving crimes,” Chief Benton said.
Anyone with questions regarding this program is encouraged to contact the Whitman Police Department’s special investigation unit at 781-447-9694.