The Dunedin City Council is committed to providing a safe city for both staff and the public.
Security Camera Use
Closed circuit security cameras may be installed on Council premises and at other locations providing Council services, in order to:
- ensure Council staff and public safety
- improve security and deter criminal activity
- monitor trespassing, or illegal or malicious activity on Council property
- provide evidence for Council or Police investigations and potential prosecution.
Body Worn Cameras
Body Worn Cameras may be worn by designated DCC Parking and Animal Services Officers while engaged in the delivery of Council services, in order to:
- provide Council with information about the incidence, nature and severity of negative public interactions, including verbal abuse, threatening behaviour and physical assaults towards officers
- minimise the risk of harm to staff and the public, by encouraging positive behaviour and interactions between the public and Council officers
- provide a record of events where an incident requires further investigation or to be referred to the Police.
The DCC will ensure that the operation of Security and Body Worn Cameras does not unreasonably intrude on the privacy of individuals. Camera footage will only be held for the reasons identified above, in line with relevant legislation including the NZ Privacy Act 1993.
Camera Footage Access
The DCC protects all personal information it holds from unauthorised access or use. Security and Body Worn Camera footage will only be made available to Council staff or third parties (e.g. the Police) in the event of a formal investigation, and only if the request is deemed justified, the footage is 'readily retrievable' and it doesn't unreasonably breach anyone's privacy.
Members of the public may also request access to personal footage that relates to them. You can request to access camera footage, or make an enquiry or complaint regarding the use of cameras as follows:
- Online: Request access DCC security camera footage
- Post: Download the Request Form and post to Dunedin City Council, PO Box 5045, Moray Place, Dunedin 9058. Attention: Privacy Officer.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 03 477 4000.
The DCC, in collaboration with the Dunedin Police has a number of City Safety cameras operating in the Octagon 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Images are recorded constantly, and busy times such as Friday and Saturday nights are monitored by trained volunteers working under Police supervision.
The objectives of the City Safety (Octagon) Camera programme are to:
- reduce crime and disorder levels by deterring potential offenders
- reduce the public’s fear of crime
- help ensure a timely, effective police response
- assist in the detection and prosecution of offenders
- help secure a safer environment for those people who live in, work and visit Dunedin’s city centre.
The plan in the related information section shows the location and coverage of Octagon City Safety cameras.
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