The Magic of P3s

Public private partnerships are finding new ways to help municipalities with safety and security planning and goals

Wohlstetter: Among the legal issues to be addressed are: appropriate arrangements among city departments for use of footage; arrangements between businesses and household and the video surveillance network on sharing of footage; length of time footage be maintained; how retained footage will be accessed and protected; protocols and training for monitors; and appropriate signage to insulate the network from accidental liability.


Q. What else should we be thinking about to achieve P3 success?


Farber: I’d like to mention the Matthew Simeone Award for P3 Excellence (page 32).

Jules: The goal of the foundation is to strengthen local police foundations so they can continue to help their local agencies and to help start new foundations where they do not exist. A core focus will be making sure government agencies and private entities in the same area are introduced to one another. They can all add a lot of value to each other.

Murphy: Ask who are the partners that I should be targeting in my partnership?

Wohlstetter: As the Supreme Court wrote in the recent U.S. v. Jones decision, “Closed–circuit television video monitoring is becoming ubiquitous…The availability and use of these and other new devices will continue to shape the average person’s expectations about the privacy of his or her daily movements.” But while video surveillance in public areas is now established and perhaps expected, technology and an individual’s expectation of privacy seem to be on a collision course.



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