RIPTA Releases Surveillance Camera Policy

Feb 4, 2015

The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority, has revealed its policy for security cameras at Kennedy Plaza.  Civil liberties advocates have raised questions about new cameras installed during a renovation of the downtown Providence transit hub.

Upgraded security cameras at Kennedy Plaza in downtown Providence. The bus hub has had them since 2001.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

The authority says's is part of an effort to increase security.  RIPTA says the cameras can only be accessed by the chief of security, and will be deleted after about a month.  

RIPTA rider Madonna Lowell says she feels a little safer.  "I mean I feel safer because I'm coming down here with my one year old son and I'm pregnant.  But it's still Kennedy Plaza.  It's still the same old place.  The cameras aren't going to change people," said Lowell.

RIPTA says it will work with law enforcement to provide footage in the case of an alleged crime.  The Rhode Island branch of the American Civil Liberties Union called for RIPTA to release the policy, citing privacy concerns.

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