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Bret Schundler
City Hall
Jersey City, NJ 07302
Office of the Mayor
May 1, 2001
Contact: Darren Boch

Jersey City To Launch First in the Nation Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) System
System linking remote cameras to a central control room will revolutionize crime fighting and emergency response techniques

What: Press Briefing/Tour of CCTV Control Room and Live Demonstration
When: Thursday, May 3 at 2:00 p.m.
Where: 394 Central Avenue, Jersey City*
Who: Mayor Bret Schundler
Jersey City Police Director Michael Moriarty
Jersey City Police Chief Frank Gajewski
Stuart Kopperweis, President, Jersey City Economic Development Corporation
John S. Pavlovich & Malcolm Brown, Directors, EKOR Security Partnership

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At a press briefing scheduled for Thursday, May 3, Mayor Bret Schundler will officially launch Jersey City’s Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) system. The CCTV system links remote cameras to a central control room monitored by civilian operators with a direct audio/visual link to the Police Radio Dispatch Room.

“This exciting new crime fighting tool will give the Jersey City Police Department the ability to continually focus on public areas throughout the city where crime and antisocial behavior negatively affect the quality of life for our residents,” said Mayor Schundler. “This high technology system will revolutionize the way we deter and fight crime.”

CCTV operations include keeping watch over public spaces; immediately notifying police, fire, and/or emergency medical of incidents requiring a swift response; and making video recordings of criminal acts for identification purposes and as evidence in a court of law.

The CCTV system is equipped with digital video cameras with powerful zoom lenses that can tilt and pan to offer 360 degree coverage. The cameras not only record what they see from fixed positions, they can also be used to “patrol” areas the same way that community police officers conduct foot patrols. The cameras will also be an invaluable asset during special events or in the event of an emergency involving fire and medical services.

To protect civil liberties, a stringent Code of Practices has been developed to ensure that the cameras cannot intrude into private areas. These standards will ensure that the privacy rights of law-abiding citizens are protected, while at the same time enabling CCTV operators to focus on reducing crime.

The CCTV system is the result of a dynamic partnership between the Office of the Mayor, the Jersey City Police Department, the City Council, and the Jersey City Economic Development Corporation, along with the close cooperation of the city’s residents.

The system is being financed with Urban Enterprise Zone (UEZ) funds, with approximately a 20 percent funding match coming from the city. In the near future, coverage areas will expand from the current 17 remote cameras, concentrated in the city’s Greenville section, to approximately 100 to 120 cameras positioned throughout the city.

Press kits will be available at the press briefing, which will be followed by a tour of the control room along with a live demonstration of CCTV’s capabilities and applications.

*Directions to CCTV Event
NJ Turnpike to extension to Exit 14C—Grand Street Exit
Down ramp to light, make left onto Montgomery Blvd.
Make right onto Kennedy (JFK) Blvd.
Make right onto Manhattan Avenue
Make left onto Central Avenue
394 Central is on right-hand side
Park in Parking Authority lot located on South side of 394 Central

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