Midland Police is asking for your video footage to help catch criminals

MIDLAND, TX (KWES) - What would you do if a violent crime happened in your backyard or nearby?

Now, what if you have a security camera system installed outside on your porch or backyard?

Would you want to help or keep that evidence that could help find a missing piece of the puzzle for police?

That's what the Midland Police Department is asking residents of Midland. They want you to be registered for a database that could help solve crimes.

The program is called Citizen Camera Program and all you have to do is just add your name, address and phone number to a database for investigators to call you if they ever need to.

And if what's holding you back from signing up is the concern of your privacy, the Midland Police Department says there's nothing to worry about.

"Find out where those cameras are throughout the city we don't necessarily tap into that Information we don't get any live feeds from anybody," said Lt. Alfredo Grimaldo with MPD.

If you choose to be a part of the program and a crime happened near you, detectives would call you and ask for your footage then they would leave you alone.

Obtaining the footage can be extremely time-sensitive and could help give a family that lost a loved one due to a violent crime get closure.

"A lot of times, data storage is a problem because some of these systems have one or two days of storage capability, so if aren't able to get to that storage quickly enough we may lose valuable evidence," said Grimaldo.

To learn more about the program, click here.

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