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FOIA APPROVAL: Rockford Police Community Camera Network




We filed a FOIA on  the Community Camera Network program.

Below you can learn about the program and some statistics about it.

The statistics are correct at the time of our FOIA request, and may change.

There are currently 206 participants in the program.  That means there are currently 206 different locations in Rockford, that actively assist in combating crime in the Rockford area and share their camera footage with the RPD.

RPD was unsure exactly how many cameras were active out of those 206 participants.

We asked out of that many, how many crimes were directly solved by those cameras. RPD responded saying they do not have a tracking system in place to track those statistics, so the documents do not exist.

We asked for statistics on how effective the program is with RPD. RPD responded saying they do not have a tracking system in place to track those statistics, so the documents do not exist.

You can view the FOIA response towards the bottom of this article.

Some of you may never of heard of the Community Camera Network program.

This is what RPD has listed on their website at

About the program:
Surveillance video offers a wealth of resources to law enforcement from visual details of how an incident occurred, to identifying and apprehending suspects. The Community Camera Network is a program that invites residents and business owners who own private security cameras to voluntarily register them with the Rockford Police Department.

How it works:
Register your private surveillance cameras with the Rockford Police Department by filling out this application. The form is basic and simply asks for your contact information and the type of surveillance system you own.

After registering, your home or business will be placed on a map that only the Rockford Police Department can access. Your information would only be used if there is a criminal incident in the vicinity of your camera. Information given to us is for official use only and remains confidential.

Why it’s helpful:
In today’s world, many businesses and homeowners use surveillance cameras. Hundreds of police departments across the country have crafted community camera programs as a way to better understand how crimes occurred, identify suspects, and even apprehend suspects. When the community comes together to keep additional eyes on crime, our city becomes a less appealing place to commit those crimes.

If you own a camera,  the RPD gives you the option to voluntary sign your system up for the program at CLICK HERE

You can view the FOIA response at:

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