Beaver Dam Police Building Private Camera Database

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Police Department is enlisting the help from the community in a new program. Beaver Dam Evidence and Recording, or BEAR, was thought up by Officer Brad Konkel as a way to for law enforcement to better catalog video evidence. Sergeant Erik Smedema says citizens and businesses will be able to log their cameras with the department which the police will put on file for reference in the event that an illegal activity was to occur in the area of that camera. Smedema says by reviewing their video database and contacting individuals who have security cameras in the area of a crime it will help the department track down witnesses or obtain new leads quicker. During a recent appearance on WBEV’s Community Comment, Smedema says this effort will not obstruct privacy and is not meant to monitor. He says at no point will police have direct access to the cameras or be able to login remotely. In order to register a camera an application must be filled out which includes name, telephone number and the type of camera. He says with the revamping of the departments website there will be a link for individuals to submit their video surveillance. Application forms are available at the station or by reaching out to Officer Konkel at [email protected].