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Library has security cameras already

August 30, 2013

While Walpole schools and municipal departments are still months away from getting security cameras, one municipal building – one of Walpole’s most frequently used – has had more than a dozen fully-operational security cameras for more than a year now. And until recently, those cameras were operated with no formal policies in place regarding their use.

The Walpole Public Library, which was completed in 2012, has 14 security cameras throughout the building, according to Library Director Sal Genovese. The cameras were “part of the design of the building” and were first activated last summer.

Genovese said the camera control unit is located in the building’s data/tech closet, “behind two locked doors.” Genovese is the only person who can provide access to the unit.

Genovese said there were no policies in place regarding the use of the cameras until Selectmen approved a new municipal security camera policy in May.

Town Meeting voted in May to spend almost $300,000 on security cameras in all schools and in municipal buildings. At the same time, they passed a resolution calling for town officials to enact regulations regarding the use of those cameras. Both Selectmen and the School Committee have developed regulations since that time.

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