Members of the Metropolitan Police Department today announced a new citywide initiative called Capital Shield, which is designed to enhance Washington, DC’s overall public safety and security through a public/private video sharing partnership between the MPD, Kastle Systems Security, and local businesses.
The Capital Shield program will allow participants to enroll their existing security cameras or request a recommendation on how to better equip their businesses with a new video system which, in turn, can be enrolled in the program. The participant owns and has access to video from any new cameras provided by the program. MPD will have access during critical incidents.
“Video is a force multiplier for MPD,” said Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier. “It gives us an extra set of eyes by allowing us to provide much needed situational awareness. The Capital Shield program is an important new step in working with private enterprise to enhance public safety throughout the city. I would like to extend a special thanks to our inaugural members and to Kastle for its donation to help the city make this a reality.”
Kastle Systems will add 300 cameras to join MPD’s existing network. Additionally, Kastle will donate 1,000 cameras to businesses interested in participating in the Capital Shield program.
“The role of video security has never been more important or more evident in cities across the country, said Kastle Systems owner Mark Ein. “Modern video technology saves lives, catches criminals, deters crime, and accomplishes something that we all value – a safer city. Kastle is proud of the role we are playing to help DC.”
In additional to Kastle other participants in the Capital Shield program include Douglas Development, Vornado Realty Trust, PN Hoffman, First-Potomac Realty Trust, The Tower Companies and Tishman Speyer -partnering in 60 locations to start.