Warwick discusses future of Flock cameras

WARWICK, R.I. (WLNE) — A vote to approve guidelines of Flock cameras in Warwick was tabled for further discussion to next month.

The cameras take pictures of license plates and alert police when a car from the national hot list drives through their city.

While there was no decision Monday evening, the council still says the hours of deliberation were a major step forward.

Council President Stephen McAllister explained, “We are looking at setting up guidelines to be included in the policy that the board of public safety will be working on.”

Some proposed regulations include 30-day video retention, no facial recognition, no camera audio, and no federal immigration enforcement.

“I would consider holding this until the first meeting in September,” said Councilman Edgar Ladouceur. “Between now and then, we can get a draft with all the amendments.”

Warwick is looking to join Flock camera communities like Cranston, Smithfield, Woonsocket, and Tiverton.

One concerned Warwick resident explained, “‘I can give you perfect security, but have to eliminate your civil liberties.’ Are you willing to take a walk down that path to sacrifice the hard earned liberties that men and women who served this country have fought and defended over 200 years?”

The council is set to continue talks on the cameras on Sept. 19.

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