[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Long Beach 5-2-2016 by Ord. No. 16-16C. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- PRIVATE OUTDOOR VIDEO SURVEILLANCE CAMERA or CAMERA
- A device installed outside a residence, business, or nonprofit which, for security purposes, captures video footage of an area outside or inside the residence, business, or nonprofit.
Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:48-1.6, N.J.S.A. 40:48-1.7, and N.J.S.A. 40:48-2, the Township authorizes and creates a registry, which shall permit any person who owns a private video surveillance camera(s) or camera(s) at a residential, business, and/or nonprofit property in the municipality to voluntarily register same with the Police Department for the sole purpose of assisting law enforcement investigations of criminal activity that occurred within the vicinity of the cameras' locations.
The registration of a camera does not and shall not constitute a waiver of any rights granted under the Constitution of the United States or the State of New Jersey.
In order to voluntarily elect to be on the registry, the individuals, businesses, nonprofits, and any other persons under the law shall fill out the application form available at the Police Department in paper form or through the website of the Police Department, and the application shall request the following information and proofs in order for the video surveillance camera(s) or camera(s) on their property to be placed on the registry.
The name of the person(s) who owns the camera(s) and the property where the camera(s) is/are located;
The most recent contact information, including the street address and telephone number of the person(s) who owns the camera(s) and the property where the camera(s) is/are located;
The street address of the residence, business, or nonprofit where the camera(s) is/are installed;
The number of cameras located at the residence, business, or nonprofit;
A general description of the areas recorded by the camera(s);
The means by which the camera(s)' footage is saved or stored, and the duration of time for which the footage is saved or stored; and
Any additional information, releases, and agreements the Township deems necessary and proper.
Information stored in the registry shall be available for the exclusive use by the Police Department and law enforcement officials to investigate criminal activity within the vicinity of the cameras' locations.
Information stored in the registry shall not be considered a public record pursuant to N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1, et seq., or the common law concerning access to public records and shall not be discoverable as a public record by any person, entity, or governmental agency, except upon a subpoena issued by a grand jury or a court order in a criminal matter.
A state, county, or municipal law enforcement agency may contact a person whose information appears in the registry in order to request access to any camera's footage that may assist an investigation of criminal activity that occurred within the vicinity of the camera's location. A person who registers a camera with a municipal police department or force, however, shall not be required to submit the camera's footage to a law enforcement agency, unless otherwise required by law.
Persons and property owners placed on the registry may terminate the registration of their camera(s) at any time upon written request to the Police Department.