Video Surveillance Training Available

Who knew there was a law enforcement and emergency services video association? But because there is, the association will host a national-level policy discussion on the expansion of public video surveillance.

The training will be held in Fort Worth, Texas, November. The pre-conference workshops will be November 15-17, with the conference and exhibit hall open November 18-19 at the Fort Worth Hilton.

Deputy Chief Constanble Graeme Gerrard of the Cheshire Constabulary will be the keynote speaker. He is considered the UK’s leading police authority on CCTV.

We’re all aware that the threat of terrorism has weighed heavily on many people in the United States, and as a result, an unprecedented amount of public money has been spent on CCTV systems.

Gerrard recognizes the critical role video cameras play in the security of this country, but he said legislation may soon limit camera deployments. He said many politicians are working to strengthen privacy rights.

The United States, however, continues to invest heavily in video surveillance at all levels of government though a time may come when privacy overtakes the use of cameras and restrictive legislation will limit the use of effectiveness of CCTV technology.

The symposium is expected to delve into several important topics for law enforcement video practitioners. Panel members will include chiefs of police, privacy advocates, video surveillance specialists, as well as government leaders.

LEVA promises a well thought program and one well worth attending. For the most current schedule, visit http://www.leva.org.

About the Author

Ralph C. Jensen is editor-in-chief of Security Today magazine.

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