Minneapolis Camera Registry Program
How the security camera registry program works
The camera registry is a way for the police department to easily locate the nearest cameras in the vicinity, while conducting an investigation. In the past, when criminal activity occurred, investigators had to search on foot to identify private cameras in an area, and then make multiple trips to retrieve recorded footage from the cameras' owners, such as stores, gas stations, etc. The camera registry enables camera owners to register their camera's locations quickly and easily online, creating a map of camera locations for the police.
Frequently Asked Questions
When I register my cameras, can the police department remotely access my cameras?
No. Registering your cameras simply means the police department will know where your cameras are in case there is a criminal incident. They have no direct access to your cameras and will only use the registry to contact you to request footage in the event of an incident in your vicinity.
Who can access the camera map?
Only authorized law enforcement users have access to the camera registry map in their jurisdiction.
Is there any cost associated with registering my cameras?
No. Registering cameras does not require any hardware, fees or subscriptions. This is a public safety utility provided to the public by the city, which makes it very easy for the police to send a digital footage request to a camera owner, and for the owner to fulfill that request without actual police visit necessary.
How to unsubscribe from the camera registry, and change or delete your information
When you register your cameras, you will set up a password protected profile for yourself. You can log in and edit or delete your information at any time.
Is my camera information subject to a disclosure in a public data request?
No. Your camera registry data is classified as protected non-public data and is only accessible by authorized users of our system.
Last updated Feb 27, 2020