Clarks Summit Police Department asking residents for cooperation


CLARKS SUMMIT — The Clarks Summit Police Department is asking residents to help in fighting crime by taking part in the Camera Registry Program (CRP). The CRP allows residents and business owners to register the locations of their video surveillance systems with the police department. When a crime occurs, police will be able to identify the locations of nearby video cameras and enlist the assistance of the community to help officers collect video evidence and follow up on leads.

Through the program, the Clarks Summit Police Department will be able to directly contact CRP registrants who are using video in an area in which a crime occurred. Police would ask registrants to check their video surveillance system for a specific date and time for video that may show activity involved with a crime, such as a getaway car or the direction a person of interest was headed. If any video evidence is found, the resident or business owner can contact the police department by calling 570-587-3026 to make arrangements for video retrieval.

Registration is voluntary and there is no cost. Registering a camera does not provide the Clarks Summit Police Department with direct access to the camera and registrants may opt out at any time. An individual’s personal information will be kept confidential by the department unless subject to disclosure by court order. The information will be accessed by law enforcement personnel investigating a crime in the vicinity of where a camera is located. Registrants will only be contacted by the department, in the future, if there is a criminal incident in the vicinity of their security camera. Police personnel, if necessary, may request a copy of any video captured by a camera which may assist in the investigation of a crime.