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Tampa City Council weighs whether to pay to maintain RNC surveillance cameras listen

08/29/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Last year Tampa used part of a $50 million federal grant to purchase surveillance cameras to be used during the Republican National Convention.

Soon the city will have to decide if it wants to keep the cameras and pay more than $160,000 to maintain them.

Critics argue about the cost and the loss of privacy but supporters say they help deter crime.

For example police say cameras helped catch a sexual battery suspect near a downtown garage last November.

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Peeping cops now against the law in Tampa listen

12/20/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tampa City Council members approved changes today to an ordinance making it a crime for Tampa Police officers to use surveillance cameras to look into private residences. The move is a response to concern that cameras purchased for the Republican National Convention last summer could be used inappropriately by law enforcement.

The change expands a current Tampa city ordinance against peeping Toms to include officers using the surveillance equipment who could have the ability to use camera...

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Should they stay or should they go? Tampa City Council ponders RNC surveillance cameras listen

09/20/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tampa officials have to figure out what to do with the more than 100 security cameras they purchased with grant money from the Republican National Convention. City council members grappled over security and privacy concerns amid frustration that they may have signed on for more than they bargained for.

Months before the Republican Convention landed in Tampa, city council members were hard at work planning for security. A secured “[event zone](http://www.wmnf.org/news_stories?tag=Event+Zo...

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