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File #: 2010-0107    Version:
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed Finally
File created: 2/2/2010 In control: Committee on Public Safety Services
On agenda: Final action: 7/27/2010
Enactment date: 7/27/2010 Enactment #: 25
Effective date: 8/10/2010    
Title: Ordinance amending the City Code at Title Six: Conduct, Article VIII: Privacy Policy for Public Security Camera Systems, by adding Chapter 652: Police Recording Devices.
Sponsors: Reverend Ricky V. Burgess, Theresa Kail-Smith
Indexes: PGH. CODE ORDINANCES TITLE 06 - CONDUCT
Attachments: 1. 2010-0107.doc, 2. 2010-0107 VERSION 2.doc, 3. 2010-0107 VERSION 3.doc, 4. 2010-0107 VERSION 4.doc, 5. 2010-0107 VERSION 5.doc

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Ordinance amending the City Code at Title Six: Conduct, Article VIII: Privacy Policy for Public Security Camera Systems, by adding Chapter 652: Police Recording Devices.

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Whereas, around the country over 50% of police departments have installed video equipment including dashboard cameras and audio microphones in patrol cars; and the recordings from that equipment have helped resolve millions of criminal cases, and;

Whereas, Police Car video equipment can facilitate the collection of evidence for criminal prosecution or complaint investigation and can be used by the Police as a training tool for officer safety and best practices, and;

Whereas, Police car video equipment provide a measure of accountability for the conduct of both police officers and the public, and;

Whereas, Police Car video equipment helps build community trust by providing "objective evidence" of police encounters with residents, thus both protecting citizens and shielding officers from false accusations.

The Council of the City of Pittsburgh hereby enacts as follows:

Section 1. The Council of the City of Pittsburgh hereby enacts as follows:

Chapter 652: Police Recording Devices

ยง652.01 Legislative Findings

(a) Whereas, around the country over 50% of police departments have installed video equipment including dashboard cameras and audio microphones in patrol cars; and the recordings from that equipment have helped resolve millions of criminal cases.

(b) Police Car video equipment can facilitate the collection of evidence for criminal prosecution or complaint investigation and can be used by the Police as a training tool for officer safety and best practices.

(c) Police car video equipment provide a measure of accountability for the conduct of both police officers and the public.

(d) Police Car video equipment helps build community trust by providing objective evidence of police encounters with residents, thus both protecting citizens and sh...

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