APD Seeks Public's Help

APD Seeks Public's Help

The Alameda Police Department (APD) is soliciting residents and business owners to help in future police investigations by taking part in the Sharing Electronic Evidence (S.E.E.) program.

The S.E.E. allows residents and business owners to register the locations of their video surveillance systems with APD. When a crime occurs, police officers or detectives 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.

The program is designed to cut the time APD officers spend canvassing the area of a crime in search of video evidence that may have captured critical pieces of information. The program is voluntary and does not give access to footage, rather it provides officers with a location and contact information of the owner of the camera and footage.

Through the S.E.E program, APD will directly contact registered owners and ask registrants to check their video surveillance system during a specific date and time for video that may show activity involved with a crime, such as the incident, a getaway car or the direction that a person of interest was headed, according to a APD press release. If any video evidence is found, the resident or business owner can contact the investigating officer to plan for video retrieval.

Registrants will only be contacted if a crime occurs in the vicinity of their camera’s location. There is no cost associated with registration. Registering your information does not provide APD with direct access to your camera, only a location of where cameras may be located and contact information of the owner.

The arrival of the program comes after two shooting incidents took place in Alameda last week. On Wednesday, Sept. 16, at around 4:30 p.m. Shamari Hill was arrested for allegedly shooting an unidentified woman in the leg in the parking lot of Mountain Mike’s Pizza at 714 Central Avenue (“APD Officers Arrest Shooter” Sept. 25). The shooting happened around 3:20 p.m. the same day.

APD also notified the public of a shooting incident that took place at midnight on Sept. 17. APD officers responded to the area of Ralph Appezzato Memorial Parkway and fifth Street for the report of possible gunfire. The first arriving officers located nearly two dozen spent casing spanning several blocks along Ralph Appezzato Memorial Parkway. No suspects or victims were located at the scene. APD investigators are still searching for information about the incident.

Residents or business owners can register their camera’s location at https://www.alamedaca.gov/HOW-DO-I/Surveillance-Camera-Registration.