LEVA To Host Public Video Surveillance Panel

 U.K. CCTV expert Graeme Gerrard to deliver keynote address.
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A national-level policy discussion at this year's LEVA conference on the expansion of public video surveillance will include a leading British authority on CCTV.

Deputy Chief Constable Graeme Gerrard of Cheshire Constabulary, who is considered the United Kingdom’s top police authority on CCTV, will be the featured speaker at the Law Enforcement Video Association's all-day event, “Public Video Surveillance: CCTV Policy and Operations for Public Safety” on Nov. 18. It's part of LEVA’s 20th Anniversary Training Conference, Nov. 18-20 in Forth Worth, Texas.

“Deputy Chief Constable Gerrard brings a unique and important perspective to the public video surveillance debate,” said Alan Salmon, LEVA President and Forensic Video Analyst/Special Investigator for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. “In the U.S., we continue to invest heavily in video surveillance at all levels of government. However, there may come a time where the public’s concern over privacy could result in restrictive legislation that limits the use and effectiveness of CCTV technology.”

The symposium will explore a number of important topics for law enforcement video practitioners, including the justification of public video surveillance and the protection of CCTV system investments. Panel members representing police chiefs, privacy advocates, video surveillance specialists, and government leaders will discuss the need for a federal policy and specific laws to protect both privacy rights and the police authority to use camera technology to monitor public places.

“Public Video Surveillance: CCTV Policy and Operations for Public Safety” will be part of the conference’s three-day Video Evidence Symposium. Many Video Evidence Symposium sessions and all pre-conference workshops and can help attendees earn hours toward LEVA forensic video analyst certification. A Video Production track will also be offered as part of the main conference sessions.

Also, the exhibit hall will be open Nov. 18-19, and pre-conference workshops run Nov. 15-17.

For travel information, including discounted lodging rates for LEVA attendees at the Fort Worth Hilton (when booked by Oct. 15), as well as the most current conference schedule, visit www.leva.org