Columbia City Council set to discuss CCTV system

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COLUMBIA, MO (KMIZ)

Members of the Columbia City Council are ready to talk about a new CCTV system among other topics Monday evening.

City Council is scheduled to meet at City Hall at 7 p.m. Board members plan to continue discussions on the FUSUS CCTV system.

With citizens’ permission, the system would allow the Columbia Police Department to access private and public surveillance cameras, body-worn cameras and other video feeds throughout the city.

Ownership of the video is still at the discretion of the owner because the FUSUS system would allow officers to more efficiently retrieve the video, according to the police department. Police believe the benefits of the system would empower citizens and engage them in the process of solving crimes.

CPD said the system would not conduct general monitoring. Earlier this month, the Mid-Missouri Civil Liberties Association sent a letter to city leaders raising concerns about the surveillance system.

If approved, the police department plans to schedule system briefings to better educate the public about the product.

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