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Questions and Answers - CCTV Memory

This Q & A took place in the CCTV stations’ electronic storage room between the Operations Manager and Jill Magid. All CCTV memory is stored here.


OM:
So back to these. We’ve got four banks of these. Once it [the signal] becomes electronic, it goes back to this thing and this thing next door and which is called the Matrix, and basically it’s like a big switch-
JM:
Its sends it to each monitor screen, right?
OM:
Well it takes it there then to these little things which are the first stage of memory, so they will hold a days worth of memory-
JM:
Ok so these are like hard drives.
OM:
Yeah, they would be like, not your hard drives, but more like your Ram.
JM:
OK.
OM:
Your first stage of Ram.
JM:
All right.
OM:
Then we go from there to, the signal goes to, another bank of these we have behind here which is the like the second stage of RAM-
JM:
OK.
OM:
-which is in there---And its third stage it goes over to what we call the hard drive-
JM:
OK. Oh this. So this is like the mother ship.
OM:
That will store all of the images for 31 days.
JM:
OK. And then what do you do after 31 days?
OM:
Electronically it cascades into cyber, into cyberspace.
JM:
So the thing is that you keep it for 31 days and then its gone.
OM:
Yup, that’s it. Unless-
JM:
So if a crime is brought to court-

OM:
Unless-
JM:
-2 months later…
OM:
-Well, unless we are asked to save it. We are able to save it in an evidence locker. And if we save it into an evidence locker, basically we will keep that for 7 years.
JM:
For the statute of limitations?
OM:
Yeah.
JM:
So lets say there is a rape and the woman does not claim this within the 31 days, that footage is gone.
OM:
Yeah. Yeah. But if she comes to us at 30 days and if we say hey hang on can you search your cameras for evidence. And if its there we can still save it to the evidence locker and then its there forevermore.
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