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 Policy Order Resolution
  October 7, 2013

WHEREAS: Three years ago, on February 2, 2009, the City Council adopted a unanimous order (O-18) requesting the City Manager to ensure that eight surveillance cameras funded by the Department of Homeland Security ("DHS") were not installed in Cambridge; and
WHEREAS: Six such cameras have been installed in Cambridge, but remain un-activated; and  
WHEREAS: The Cambridge Police Department has promulgated a draft policy contemplating the activation of the DHS cameras and the installation and activation of other surveillance cameras throughout Cambridge; and  
WHEREAS: Councillor Kelley has held six public meetings allowing members of the community to comment on the draft policy; and  
WHEREAS: The City Manager and the Mayor held a presentation on the draft policy on September 26, 2013, which was attended by more than 50 community members, who largely testified in opposition to the installation and activation of surveillance cameras in Cambridge; and
WHEREAS: In statements made at the September 26, 2013 presentation, the City Manager and the Police Commissioner were forthright in their desire to conduct any policy implementation according to the principles of transparency and democracy, and, in so doing, to respond and adhere to the wishes and concerns of the people of Cambridge and their City Council; now therefore be it  


That the City Manager, the Police Commissioner and their designees shall not (1) activate or cause to be activated any security cameras, surveillance cameras, or any other video or audio recording, watching or listening devices (any "Cameras"); or (2) implement any policy relating to such Cameras; unless in either case there shall be held a prior affirmative vote of the majority of the City Council specifically authorizing the contemplated activation or implementation; and be it further 



That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to report back to the City Council regarding this request.  

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