Police asking public to register security cameras in East Providence

Police asking public to register security cameras in East Providence


(SN) A LOCAL POLICE DEPARTMENT IS HOPING TO EXPAND ITS RESOURCES…. TO HELP SOLVE CRIMES FASTER — AND THEY NEED YOUR HELP. (CG) EAST PROVIDENCE POLICE RECENTLY LAUNCHED A SECURITY CAMERA REGISTRY PROGRAM. NOW — THE DEPARTMENT IS ASKING RESIDENTS — AND BUSINESSES — TO REGISTER THEIR CAMERAS. (SN) EYEWITNESS NEWS REPORTER JULIANNE LIMA SPOKE TO POLICE…. AND LEARNED HOW THE PROGRAM WOULD HELP IN INVESTIGATIONS. SHE JOINS US FROM THE PROVIDENCE MOBILE NEWSROOM WITH THOSE DETAILS SURVEILLANCE VIDEO CAN BE AN INVALUABLE RESOUCE TO POLICE DEPARTMENTS. MOST RECENTLY HERE IN EAST PROVIDENCE, IT HELPED LEAD OFFICERS TO A SUSPECT IN THE CITY’S MOST RECENT HOMICIDE. A CHIROPRACTOR… STABBED TO DEATH INSIDE HIS EAST PROVIDENCE HOME. THE INVESTIGATION INTO THE BRUTAL MURDER OF CLIVE BRIDGHAM…SEEMINGLY AT A STANDSTILL…. UNTIL THE ARREST OF 21- YEAR-OLD OWEN MORRIS 10 DAYS LATER — THANKS — IN PART — TO SURVEILLANCE VIDEO. “It provided us a lead in the most recent homicide we had in our city.” “It’s the next best thing to being a witness yourself.” MAJOR WILLIAM NEBUS SAYS — DETECTIVES ANALYZED SECURITY CAMERA FOOTAGE FROM SEVERAL NEARBY CAMERAS. “We were able to put people at the scene that we didn’t anticipate being there at the time.” NOW… THE DEPARTMENT IS HOPING TO EXPAND ITS RESOURCES THROUGH A SECURITY CAMERA REGISTRY PROGRAM. “We’re not looking to access them and we’re not looking to monitor them in real time like a Big Brother organization, this is something that is completely voluntary, when a crime is committed rather than send a team of detectives or patrolmen down streets looking for possible camera vantage points, this is just a registration where we can go in to the database and we can say well there’s one here here and here, and it just saves time.” THE PROGRAM IS BASED OFF ONE CRANSTON POLICE IMPLEMENTED IN 2016. COLONNEL MICHAEL WINQUIST SAYS, SINCE THEN… NEARLY 4 DOZEN HOMES AND BUSINESSES HAVE REGISTERED CAMERAS. “We completely ask permission and ask the owners of the business or residence to help us.” FOR MORE INFORMATION ON HOW TO REGISTER YOUR SURVEILLANCE CAMERA, HEAD TO OUR WEBSITE, WPRI.COM. REPORTING IN EAST PROVIDENCE I’M JULIANNE LIMA, EYEWITNESS NEWS.

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