Bid Document: Dallas PD Wants 300 More Surveillance Cameras in 27 Parts of Town

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Scanning the city's inscrutable bids website this morning in the hopes of finding that not-there-yet Dallas Farmers Market RFP, I came across this instead: a 102-page request for proposals from the Dallas Police Department, which is looking to significantly step up its arsenal of video surveillance cameras. As in: Just six years ago, reminds the doc, there were 34 cams installed downtown thanks to a Meadows Foundation grant. That number's jumped to 'round 115 in recent years, with permanently installed video cams perched in Jubilee Park, Uptown and the Arts District (when they're working). And don't forget the State Fair of Texas.

The DPD's long insisted those virtual eyeballs reduce crime; others are far less certain. But now, says the bid doc you'll find below, the DPD wants to gets its hands -- and eyes -- on hundreds more. Specifically:
Due to the deterrent and evidentiary effectiveness of the surveillance cameras, the Dallas Police Department ("DPD") is seeking to implement approximately 300 surveillance cameras located throughout 27 areas in the City, specifically in high crime areas, transmitting wireless video feeds 24 hrs a day/365 days a year. This system shall have a mix of cameras installed as semi-permanent installations at fixed locations as well as cameras that have the ability to be moved quickly to various locations, as dictated by criminal activity or any other surveillance efforts.
The city wants to be able to move some of those cams wherever it needs "without any geographic/network constraints." Meaning: While DPD says those cams will be spread out within the 27 so-called Target Area Action Grids currently ID'd as high-crime hot spots, the request for bids also says the prospective winner will need to ensure there's a "streamlined process for relocation of cameras, as dictated by DPD's surveillance needs." Because one day you''re a hot spot, and the next day, could be, you're just not.

The department also wants to be able to stream every one of those feeds wherever it wants (City Hall, DPD HQ, squad cars) in real time, or close to, 24-7. And not all of them will be visible; the bid docs say the surveillance cams would be both "overt" and "covert." Proposals are due March 28, with vendor presentations scheduled for April. The whole what-for's below. DPD Video Surveillance Syrtem Specs
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Security Camera

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LaceyB
LaceyB

My initial inclination was that Big Brother wants to watch more...and more. But, what if voters had a chance to say in where the cameras go? Would it then be so obtrusive?

Mary
Mary

Why can't they use the cameras that were bought a long time ago for chronic illegal dump sites?

Mike
Mike

Cameras are no different than what our grandparents had: a police officer on the beat keeping an eye on the neighborhood. We went through several decades where efficiency concerns put officers in cars and extended their reach to negative results. Now we are back where we started. We should have lots of public view cameras so every low life that even thinks about assaulting someone, raping someone, or getting within 5 feet of a child knows in advance that we will get them. Hopefully it will have the same result as what caller ID did to the other low lifes that made abusive phone calls, essentially removing that threat of abuse except from the very stupid.

trudat
trudat

...big bro. is alive and well...and by now - (as brainwashed as most of us are) I'm not sure he can be stopped or even that I would want to stop him...but if these so called authorities will be able to watch the feeds, we all need to be able to watch...the feeds need to become a free public television channel...

Yesterday's News
Yesterday's News

If I'm not mistaken, there's a system like that in U.K. where citizens can volunteer to monitor the public cameras for criminal activity.

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