About the Village Video Cooperative
Video cameras are one of the best methods for detecting and apprehending criminals or discovering suspicious activity. Police regularly ask businesses and individuals to share surveillance footage that might aid crime-solving efforts. The Village Video Cooperative is a new crime prevention and investigative tool for the Prairie Village Police Department. We work with participating property owners who have video systems viewing public areas, such as streets, sidewalks, and parking lots. After a crime is committed, or suspicious activity reported, we can use a map to quickly identify and contact VVC partners in the vicinity who may have captured footage related to the reported incident. The Prairie Village Police Department encourages businesses and residents to voluntarily register any security cameras that view and record public areas within the city.
Why is Prairie Village doing this?
The goal of the Village Video Cooperative is to deter crime and promote public safety through collaboration between the police and community. Registering privately-owned surveillance cameras can help leverage existing resources and technology to maximize our chances of detecting criminal activity, provide investigative leads, and apprehend criminals.
How does the program work?
If a criminal incident takes place in the vicinity of your camera, you may be contacted by the Prairie Village Police Department. Police personnel may request you review and/or provide recorded footage related to the date and time of the incident. Video obtained from privately held security cameras may be used to apprehend and prosecute criminals. When the immediacy of a crime dictates, a Prairie Village Detective may ask to view your footage on-site.
How do I register my camera(s)?
Individuals wishing to participate in the program must complete the Village Video Cooperative Registration Form, providing contact information and camera location, direction, and recording quality. Please click on the link here to fill out the interactive form and have it submitted directly to the Prairie Village Police Department. You may also mail a completed form to the Prairie Village Police Department, 7710 Mission Road, Prairie Village KS 66208. Download a PDF form here. If you prefer to stop by the PVPD lobby, blank registration forms are available at any time, and completed forms may be submitted in person. Additionally, you may scan/email your completed form to Det. Caroline Van Cil.
Upon submission, a member of the Prairie Village Police Department will contact you for confirmation. Participants are given a 4”x4” adhesive Village Video Cooperative decal for display in their home or business windows. There is no fee to register and your information will be kept confidential. Your information will not be sold or used in any way other than what is specified in this agreement and you may unsubscribe at any time.
Questions and Contact Information
If you have questions about Village Video Cooperative, please contact Captain Ivan Washington at 913/385-4603, or Det. Caroline Van Cil at 913/385-4012.
Protect your family, your business, and our community by registering to be part of the Village Video Cooperative. Thank you for your participation. Working together we can reduce crime and make Prairie Village a safer place for all.