Tampa Police Join Community Members to Launch New Crime-Solving Tool

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Project REC combines citizens, cops and cameras to capture criminals quickly

Tampa, FL (April 20, 2017) - The Tampa Police Department is teaming up with residents and business owners to keep a digital eye on crime.  The new program called “Project REC,” which stands for Register Every Camera, is the department’s latest community initiative to help solve crimes. Project REC creates a network of community members who are willing to share useful video footage with police officers actively working to track down criminals.

Residents and business owners are not always aware that their video surveillance system may have captured vital information that could identify a suspect.  In turn, police officers do not always know which homes and businesses may have this critical video footage.

Project REC combines modern technology and teamwork to make it more difficult for criminals to avoid capture.  Now, officers who are searching for suspects can quickly view a map of nearby Project REC subscribers and focus on making contact with those individuals, instead of relying strictly on the time-consuming and sometimes ineffective task of going door-to-door through neighborhoods asking for information.

More than two dozen residents have already signed up for Project REC during a one-week trial period.  The Tampa Police Department is now encouraging all residents and business owners within the city to register their surveillance cameras with the department online at: tampagov.net/police/project-rec

Each Project REC subscriber will receive a window decal from the department which will showcase their participation in the program and hopefully help to deter crimes from taking place at their home and in the surrounding neighborhood.

Project REC is a voluntary program that is managed by the Tampa Police Department to ensure personal information is kept secure and confidential.  This innovative resource only provides officers with the camera locations and contact information of Project REC participants.  Subscribers will still need to provide officers with permission to view and obtain footage recorded on their private systems.


Janelle McGregor