Community Watch: Police Expand Eligibility for Camera Incentive Program

Montgomery County Police have recently expanded eligibility for priority areas under the Police-Private Security Camera Program.

Launched last year, this initiative offers reimbursement to qualifying residents for security camera installations, with a cap of $250, and eligible businesses and nonprofits can receive up to $1,250 in assistance. The program was launched last November with an initial $255,000 allocation.

Council Bill 14-22, passed in 2022 with support from Councilmembers Sidney Katz, Gabe Albornoz, and former Councilmember Craig Rice, paved the way for the Police-Private Security Camera Program. Subsequently, Montgomery County Police established program guidelines detailed in Executive Regulation 04-23 (PDF).

The objective of this program, overseen by MCPD, is to combat crime in high-crime regions of the county, selected based on crime data analysis. MCPD emphasizes that the initiative is geared towards preventing and solving crimes by encouraging the installation of security cameras in areas with notable crime rates. Property owners or tenants within eligible priority zones are encouraged to apply.

To get involved, individuals, businesses, or nonprofits must sign up online. Residents must procure and set up their security cameras before seeking reimbursement.

For further details on the program, including the application process and an interactive map to determine eligibility, visit the MCPD website.

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