Boulder acknowledges video surveillance at municipal building, main library

BOULDER, Colo. - Boulder officials say they've been conducting video surveillance around the municipal building and main library since January but didn't acknowledge it until asked by the Boulder Daily Camera.

The Daily Camera reported that Police Chief Mark Beckner confirmed the presence of the cameras after the newspaper filed a request for public records.

A City Council member mentioned surveillance cameras at a meeting Tuesday, apparently inadvertently.

Beckner says three cameras were installed because of increasing reports of crime in the area. He says the video provided evidence for at least one arrest of a person for fighting.

Beckner says officials always intended to disclose the surveillance but wanted to see what it captured before people knew about it.

He says the video remains for about 48 hours before It's recorded over by new images.