In Stamford, Conn., City Wrestles with Municipal Surveillance

As city moves beyond cameras simply for traffic monitoring, community becomes involved in solution

DePina also said she didn't want police officers to have access to the footage because it could be erased or abused in other ways.

Larrabee said an officer would be fired if that happened.

He also said if the security cameras are approved, residents would be able to recommend where cameras are installed.

"I wouldn't put a camera in an area if the residents were against it, regardless of the consequences," Larrabee said.

City attorneys will use members' suggestions from Thursday's meeting to draft a new policy, which members will review at next month's meeting.

For example, Michael Toma, an attorney for the city, said yesterday a provision will be added to allow cameras to be used for surveillance of areas considered at risk for homeland security, such as a train station.

"It was a good, healthy discussion and we tried to cover everything," City Rep. Richard Lyons II, D-1, said yesterday. Lyons is the committee chairman.

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