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Taitague bill frees up funding for CCTVs

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Expect an increase in police surveillance cameras, if a bill discussed by senators Wednesday becomes law.

Sen. Telo Taitague's measure would appropriate $200,000 for new equipment. She says the Guam Police Department has also updated its standard operating procedures for the legal use of closed-circuit television cameras in public areas.

"Precincts shall not use audio in conjunction with the security camera system unless appropriate court orders are obtained," Taitague said. "Surveillance systems shall be used to observe locations that are in public view and where there is no reasonable expectation of privacy. Anyone who engages in the unauthorized use or misuse of security camera systems may be subject to criminal prosecution."

Taitague says a recent public poll indicates an overwhelming majority of respondents support the increased use of police surveillance cameras.

Senators also discussed a bill to extend additional leave in the leave-sharing program to government employees suffering catastrophic illnesses. They also deliberated on a measure that would include representatives from the judiciary and the legislature on the health insurance negotiating team if either branch decides to participate in the contract.

 

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