Endicott Camera Watch
Endicott Camera Watch is an extension of our Neighborhood Watch Programs and is a criminal investigation and crime prevention tool.
The Camera Watch program allows citizens and businesses in the Village of Endicott to register surveillance cameras on their homes or place of business for the purpose of assisting police officers to conduct criminal investigations. Registration with the program may also help deter crime in your neighborhood and will help the police department implement crime prevention strategies.
Should a crime occur in your neighborhood, or related to your neighborhood, allow police officers conducting the investigation with up-to-date information on where cameras may be located in the neighborhood that may have captured the crime in progress or suspects/victims as they walked or drove through the neighborhood before or after the crime.
Please note: Registering for the program does not mean that police will have access to view your cameras at any time. The only time we will view (or be able to view) cameras is by contacting you personally and making arrangements to view your video or obtain a hard copy of it.
Registering in the program is simple and takes only minutes. You will provide basic contact information to the police and tell us where your cameras are located and what areas of the street or property they observe.
There is no cost to register your camera and your information will be kept confidential.
You may cancel your registration at any time by sending an email to Assistant Chief of Police Craig Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once you complete the registration process, a member of the Endicott Police Department will contact you by telephone to arrange a visit to your residence/place of business in order to authenticate the information you provided and obtain any additional information that may be helpful or required. The authentication process will include learning what type of camera system you have; how to operate your system, etc. Many camera owners have cameras, but don’t know how to use them properly. Officers will get information on the functionality of the camera during authentication so that during the crucial moments a crime occurs, our investigation is not slowed by trying to learn a camera system in the heat of the moment.
The goal of the Camera Watch program is to promote public safety in collaboration between the Endicott Police Department and residents or businesses in the Village of Endicott. It is recognized that some video surveillance systems on the market today also contain the ability to capture audio which may be embedded with the video. All registrants agree to the following terms and conditions:
- Video (or audio) material collected by the Endicott Police Department related to criminal investigations can be used as evidence during any stage of a criminal proceeding.
- Video (or audio) material provided to the Endicott Police Department is reserved for official use.
- Video (or audio) material provided to the Endicott Police Department may be transferred as evidence to the Broome County District Attorney’s Office or any other prosecutorial entity, or to any other Law Enforcement Agency as part of the process for criminal prosecution or investigation.
- When necessary, the Endicott Police Department will contact you directly using the information you have provided to obtain video (and/or audio) surveillance footage from your system.
- Under no circumstances shall registrants or their representatives construe that they are acting as an agent or employee of the Endicott Police Department.
- You will be assigned a Registrant ID number. Please use this number in any correspondence with the Endicott Police Department.
- You agree to not release any video (or audio) or picture images to the media without consulting first with the Endicott Police Department.