Trend: Sharing Surveillance Video Via YouTube

Author: John Honovich, Published on Jul 14, 2012

An important, growing trend is police departments sharing surveillance video via YouTube, vastly increasing the reach and probability that the public can share details that solve cases. In this note, we look at this practice, key issues in making it effective and potential legal issues.

Perhaps the most interesting example is the Philadelphia Police Department's YouTube channel that has received close to 2 million video views across nearly 200 surveillance clips. They have a "Video Villians" program that showcases surveillance video of 10 criminals. Watch it below:

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