CITRIS Report: The San Francisco Community Safety Camera Program - An Evaluation of the Effectiveness of San Francisco's Community Safety Cameras

184 Pages Posted: 2 Dec 2012

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Jennifer King

Center for Internet and Society, Stanford Law School; University of California, Berkeley - School of Information

Deirdre K. Mulligan

University of California, Berkeley - School of Information

Steven Raphael

University of California, Berkeley - The Richard & Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy

Date Written: December 17, 2008

Abstract

This study evaluates the effectiveness of the City of San Francisco’s Community Safety Camera (CSC) program. Chapter 1 describes the origins of the CSC program and the City of San Francisco’s primary and secondary policy objectives for it, as expressed in the statements, technical choices, policies, and practices made by the Mayor’s Office, the City’s Board of Supervisors, the Police Commission, the San Francisco Police Department, and other entities and individuals that have played key roles in shaping the program as it exists today. Chapter 2 provides an empirical analysis of the CSC program’s effectiveness in deterring crime, particularly violent crime. Chapter 3 analyzes the effectiveness of the CSC program as a investigatory and evidentiary tool, and considers the program’s effectiveness in supporting the secondary objectives of facilitating community participation, oversight and accountability, and the protection of privacy and related interests. Chapter 4 considers the managerial and technical aspects of the system that span all objectives, based on our findings. Chapter 5 provides guidance and recommendations to the City for the CSC program based on its current objectives, and offers preliminary thoughts on possible alternatives the City may consider for the program.

This report was sponsored by Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society at UC Berkeley.

Keywords: video surveillance, privacy, crime, San Francisco

Suggested Citation

King, Jennifer and Mulligan, Deirdre K. and Raphael, Steven, CITRIS Report: The San Francisco Community Safety Camera Program - An Evaluation of the Effectiveness of San Francisco's Community Safety Cameras (December 17, 2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2183381 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2183381

Jennifer King (Contact Author)

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University of California, Berkeley - School of Information ( email )

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Deirdre K. Mulligan

University of California, Berkeley - School of Information ( email )

102 South Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-4600
United States

Steven Raphael

University of California, Berkeley - The Richard & Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy ( email )

2607 Hearst Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94720-7320

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