September Monthly Meeting: WPPD Says Access to Your Home Video Can Solve Crimes
The September Meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at 7:30 pm at Education House, 5 Homeside Lane, White Plains, NY. [PLEASE NOTE: The meeting was originally scheduled for Tuesday, September 11, which is Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.] The Guest Speaker will be Captain Joseph Castelli of the White Plains Police Department, who will talk about “Home Video Surveillance: A Voluntary Program of Deterrence and Investigation.”
Captain Castelli is a 24 year veteran of the department who currently serves as the Criminal Investigations Division Commander. A certified police instructor, he holds a B.S. in Organizational Management and an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice. The mission of his Division is to investigate crimes against people and property and to apprehend the persons responsible. The Division is comprised of four units: General Investigations, Intelligence, Warrants, and Narcotics.
Video Footage Aids Investigations. Devotees of crime fiction in general and police procedurals in particular know that many crimes are solved using video footage recorded by municipalities (think London) or local businesses (think NYC). In White Plains, bars, liquor stores, pawn shops, convenience stores and certain other businesses have been required since 2015 to install and maintain digital video camera systems to view and record quality video of everyone who enters, and to make those videos available to police on demand.
WPPD Seeks Access to Citizen's Video Captain Castelli would like to expand the coverage in White Plains -- on a strictly voluntary basis -- to include residents using video cameras in their houses and apartments. He says giving the WPPD access to existing home video can provide valuable clues and speed apprehension. Captain Castelli will discuss the home video surveillance initiative, and address Public Safety issues and concerns raised by the audience.
The meeting is open to the public -- bring your friends and neighbors -- and will start promptly at 7:30 pm. Light refreshments will be served.
This is sure to be a lively evening so please come early to allow time for audience participation and networking.
1. Annual WPCNA dues for 2018 are still only $25. Neighborhood association delegates should bring a check payable to WPCNA to the meeting or mail their check to WPCNA/Tom Osbeck PO Box 602 White Plains NY 10602. One check per association.
2. 2018 Meeting Schedule 1/9/2018, 2/13/2018, 3/13/2018, 4/10/2018, 5/8/2018, 6/12/2018, 9/11/2018, 10/9/2018, 11/13/2018, 12/11/2018. All meetings are second Tuesdays.
If you'd like to speak or have a suggestion for a future WPCNA meeting, please let us know.