City of Barre

Policy Guidance Regarding

Public Area Video Surveillance


Honorable Mayor

Tom Lauzon

City of Barre

Washington County, Vermont

Document Version: 0.0001

October 24, 2006


Paul Flint

Flint Information Technology Services

17 Averill Street

Barre, Vermont 05641

Copyright © 2006 by FITS World Rights Reserved




1.1 Policy Objectives 6

1.2 Policy Statement 6

1.3 Public Areas Video Surveillance Advisory Council 7


2.1 International Citations 8

2.2 Governing Regulations 8

2.3 Documentation Availability 9

Table 1 PAVSAC Notional Membership 7

Revision History



Revised By


Draft v 0.0001

October 24, 2006

Paul Flint

Initial Draft Document Deliverable


This document is the result of a request from Mayor Tom Lauzon based upon a discussion that took place at the Hedding United Methodist Church. The Pastor, Ralph W. Howe invited the community to discuss the implications and possible mitigations of illicit behavior and alleged criminal activity concentrated in specific areas of the City of Barre. At this venue and under the sponsorship of the Pastor, Tom Lauzon revealed that the City was in the process of planning installation of surveillance cameras at specific locations within the City as mitigation. At this time Paul Flint suggested to the Mayor that a policy outlining the deployment, and distribution of this system should take place, considering the civil liberty implications of a government public video surveillance installation.

This document is an initial and draft attempt to develop a policy that protects the rights of the citizens of Barre as well as demonstrating that the local government authorities are cognizant of the need to develop this system within the constraints of existing law, social norms and civil rights.


Several days later, the City of Barre Vermont office of the Mayor asked Paul Flint of Flint Information Technology Services (FITS) to draft a policy guidance document regarding Public Areas Video Surveillance (PAVS) in support of the need in the City of Barre to monitor specific areas within the city via the World Wide Web (WWW). This document outlines the following:

Future versions of this document should very likely include the following section:

Note that this document refers to other documents and other resources, all of which have proven useful and should be considered in the design of this PAVS implementation. A nominal list of reference documents suggested to consider as part of the requirements definition of the PAVS system is detailed in Section 2 below.

1.1Policy Objectives

This document details the policy of the City of Barre on the use of video surveillance as a method of improving security to city properties. The basic principals of this policy are

This use of video allows us to portray downtown Barre to the world, by doing this we expose our public civic areas to public scrutiny. This act will indirectly compel Barre to improve the areas we survey.

1.2Policy Statement

City of Barre Office of the Mayor and the City Council will consider installing video cameras at Barre City properties as part of a risk management approach to deter vandalism, theft, and to create a safer environment for Barre citizens. The cameras may cover public areas, including the interior of buildings and external areas such as streets and parking lots.

As part of this effort a PAVS council shall be established to oversee this effort. The members of this council shall be appointed by the mayor and approved by the council, which shall oversee implementation and operation of this activity.

1.3Public Areas Video Surveillance Advisory Council

The following Table Details the notional stakeholders that need input to this council. When modified in a new version this shall also constitute the initial Public Areas Video Surveillance Advisory Council (PAVSAC).



Paul Flint

FITS Principal researcher for this project

Barre office of the Mayor Representative

Barre Webmaster Representative

Barre Chief of Police Representative

Citizen Representative

Barre Office of Training and Documentation

Table 1 PAVSAC Notional Membership


Prior to the installation of the PAVS there needs to be consideration of several areas of precedence and existing regulation at the International, Federal, State and Local Level. These areas are detailed below based upon initial research into this topic. It is likely that there exist many other resources that should be reviewed and added to these citations.

2.1International Citations

In research of this guidance the authors discovered international guidance and precedence. This guidance has been considered, and included into this draft. Cited sources include practical guidance originating from:

The Lake Macquarie City Council

126-138 Main Road Speers Point,

New South Wales, Australia

An additional international citation is a common high school textbook. This should be required reading for anyone considering Public Video Surveillance.

(pen-name for Eric Arthur Blair - 1903-1950 ISBN 0-452-28423-6).

2.2Governing Regulations

Since the PAVS system shall be a Web based Automated Information System (AIS), this document has been drafted in accordance with Information Assurance Policy based on the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS), and NIST Special Publications (800’s series). This useful codified Federal Guidance includes:

In addition to this NIST framework and the guidance that it represents, there are Federal policies and statutes that should continue to be considered in the formulation of this policy. These include:

Note that while the authors of this document are not at this time, officers of the court of the State of Vermont, there appear to be overriding regulations and guidance from the State of Vermont that may currently apply to PAVS. These statutes may include:

Finally, the local policies of the City of Barre apply directly to this matter. These include:

?? Please insert local policy requirements here ??

2.3Documentation Availability

This document is not a work for hire and is Copyright © by Paul Flint and is hereby licensed under the GNU General Public License (the text available on the following web site is hereby included by reference http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.html). This document and any antecedent versions or derivatives is provisionally assigned to Barre City, Vermont in perpetuity, provided that a web readable version of this document shall remain on the Public Areas Video Surveillance web site and remain available as part of the overall public disclosure.