Southgate Police Department

Southgate Police Department

Community Video Surveillance Registration Program


Today, more and more citizens and businesses are installing private security cameras to help protect the inside and outside of their property. As a citizen or business owner, you may not be aware that your cameras have unknowingly captured valuable footage that can help solve crimes.

The Community Video Surveillance Registration Program gives residents and businesses the opportunity to register their video surveillance system with the Southgate Police Department. The list of registered video surveillance systems will help the Police Department know where privately owned cameras are located and who to contact if it is believed one of those cameras could help in an investigation. The program is completely voluntary and is designed to take advantage of the abundance of video surveillance systems at homes and businesses across the City of Southgate to help reduce crime. There is no fee for this program; your information is confidential, and you can un-register at any time. Any access to a resident’s or business owner’s camera system is also voluntary.

Southgate Police Department values the members of the community and operates with a pronounced community-oriented policing philosophy. One of the most valuable resources for solving crimes and catching criminals is having video footage of the act. This footage, if accessible to the police department, has the ability to keep our community safer. Our Community Video Surveillance Program creates a stronger community-police partnership by sharing additional resources that help solve crimes and apprehend criminals.

Similar programs have already taken root with other agencies across the nation. We, as an agency, have reached out to several different Police Departments and received countless success stories of how this program has helped their communities.

The goal of the camera registry program is to deter crime and promote public safety through collaboration between the Southgate Police Department and the community we serve.

Accordingly, all camera registrants agree to the following terms and conditions:

  • Any footage voluntarily given to the Police Department containing or related to criminal activity may be collected by the Southgate Police Department for use as evidence during any stage of a criminal proceeding.
  • All information provided to the Southgate Police Department pursuant to the Community Video Surveillance Program is reserved for official law enforcement use by the Southgate Police Department and will not be released to any member of the general public or press except (a) as required by law or Court Order or (B) to the minimal extent necessary, if at all, to further the investigation which may include sharing portions thereof with (i) other law enforcement agencies or (ii) solely for the purpose of assisting with the identification and/or apprehension of a criminal suspect, to the media and/or the community, through the use of still photographs for the purpose of creating community advisories flyers or billboards.
  • If necessary, the Southgate Police Department will contact you directly, using the information provided on this form, to request the appropriate video surveillance footage.
  • Under no circumstances shall registrants construe that they are acting as an agent/or employee of the Southgate Police Department through the camera registry program.
  • Under no circumstances shall the Southgate Police Department utilize any information obtained to view footage/feeds directly from cameras owned by
  • Registration in the Community Video Surveillance Program does not confer any greater rights than any other member of the public concerning any response to a criminal complaint or criminal activity by the Southgate Police Department, and the registrant should in no way regard this Community Video Surveillance Program as a monitoring or security device.

Click the link below for the form:
Southgate Police Department Community Video Surveillance Registration Program