D.C. police to add 14 surveillance cameras

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Local,DC,Alan Blinder

D.C. police are planning to install 14 new surveillance cameras throughout the city, the Metropolitan Police Department said in a notice Friday.

The new devices will bring the city's network of closed circuit cameras to 30.

"The areas of view include public spaces around the National Mall, the U.S. Capitol, the White House, Union Station and other critical installations, as well as major arteries and highways that pass through the District," the department wrote in the notice.

The District has used surveillance cameras for more than a decade, and a city website says the cameras help "police to monitor public spaces around key installations that are at risk of terrorist attacks without having to assign a large number of uniformed officers to that task."

The city contends that the cameras do not intrude on privacy rights.

"The cameras do have the capability to zoom in on a particular location, but are used primarily to monitor wide areas of public space, not the individuals within that space," Friday's notice said. "The CCTV system does not use face-recognition or any other biometric technology."

The department said it plans to deploy the new cameras at:

-- 5900 MacArthur Blvd. NW

-- 5400 Norton St. NW

-- 18th and H streets NW

-- 19th and H streets NW

-- 20th and H streets NW

-- 18th and G streets NW

-- 19th and G streets NW

-- 20th and G streets NW

-- Kenilworth Avenue and Foote Street NE

--- 660 Anacostia Ave. NE

-- First and S streets SW

-- Half and S streets SW

-- South Capitol Street SW and Potomac Avenue SE

ablinder@washingtonexaminer.com

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