Chapter 24 STREETS, SIDEWALKS AND PUBLIC PLACES*
Section 24-131 Sec. 24-131. Authorization to deploy cameras.
(a) The chief of police for the city
of Columbia is authorized to deploy or move downtown
safety cameras for the purpose of enhancing public security.
(b) Before deploying or moving an
existing downtown safety camera, the chief of police
shall provide public notice of such deployment or proposed movement. The notice shall identify
the public security concerns that have been considered in the decision to deploy or move the
downtown safety camera as well as the general capabilities and viewing area of the downtown
safety camera. The public shall have thirty (30) days to submit comments to the chief of police
regarding a proposed deployment or movement, and the chief of police shall provide public
notice of the chiefs decision regarding deployment or movement in light of public comment.
(c) In exigent circumstances, the
chief of police is authorized to deploy or move downtown
safety cameras without the public notice or comment periods referred to in subsection (b), but
only for so long as such exigent circumstances justify deployment or movement.
(d) Video recordings shall be indexed,
stored and maintained for sixty (60) calendar days
after which time they will be recorded over or destroyed. Recordings may be retained beyond
sixty (60) calendar days upon written order from the chief of police and only because the
recordings contain evidence of criminal activity, because the recordings capture an occurrence
that may subject the Columbia police department to civil liability, or because the recordings will
be used for training purposes. Recordings that contain evidence of criminal activity or
recordings that capture an occurrence that may subject the Columbia police department to civil
liability shall be maintained only for so long as the recordings have evidentiary value.
Recordings that will be used for training purposes may be maintained only for so long as they are
actively used for training purposes.
(e) The city manager is authorized
to enter into agreements with private contractors who
supply and operate and maintain downtown safety cameras and related tapes and equipment and
who agree to operate the downtown safety cameras pursuant to the provisions of this chapter.
(Ord. No. 20499, § 1, 12-7-09)
Editors Note: Ord. No. 20499, passed by city council on December 7, 2009, called for election;
said ordinance was passed by the voters on April 6, 2010.
(Ord. Passed by Voters; 4-6-10; Proposition 1, Added, 04/06/2010)