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County Executive Laura Neuman Initiates Investigation of Surveillance Cameras

Publish Date: 03/05/2013

Review will continue
Annapolis (March 5, 2013) - Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman today announced that a preliminary investigation has been conducted regarding surveillance cameras in the Arundel Center’s fourth floor and County Council offices.
“I personally observed unusual activity that called for further review, and quickly learned of hundreds of surveillance cameras being placed in and around County buildings with little or no oversight,” County Executive Neuman said. “After contacting law enforcement, a sweep was conducted of the top floor of the Arundel Center and County Council offices on the first floor which found no improper monitoring. It was incumbent upon us to exercise due diligence in determining the purpose of these cameras in order to protect our employees and the public.”
An investigation of the remainder of the Arundel Center will continue.
Computer monitors, hard drives and files have been secured and the locks changed on the door to the unmarked office where more than 500 cameras were monitored. The cameras appear to have been installed in public areas, such as exterior and interior areas of County buildings and traffic monitoring locations. The cameras were paid for through federal homeland security grants.
“Cameras in and of themselves are not a problem,” County Executive Neuman said. “They must, however, be utilized appropriately. I have directed that all monitoring of cameras is done by the reestablished Intelligence Unit of the Police Department.”

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