Working together to combat crime and promote growth in our community.
What is Safe Poway?
How to Participate
You can participate in Safe Poway by participating as a registered user
or exclusive user.
Registered users consist of residential or commercial users
who have existing security cameras and choose to register with Safe Poway.
The registry will help the Sheriff's Department identify your particular location
as having cameras that we can ask for content from should the need arise.
There is no cost to become a Registered user.
If you wish to become a registered user, click
Exclusive users, either residential or commercial, utilize a compatible
camera system that
is federated with the Sheriff's Department that would allow an authorized Sheriff's
representative direct access to your live video content.
Depending on your current security system, there may be costs associated with being
an Exclusive user. Please contact one of our installers for further information.
If you wish to become an exclusive user, click here.
Once a representative gets in contact with you, they will meet with you to perform a
site survey and further advise you on options for building a partnership with Safe
Safe Poway is a tool for the people of Poway. Therefore, the platform’s success lies
with the people. That is why we’ve been bringing the pilot platform to the community’s
attention in a phased approach: starting in its conceptual phase (soliciting community
feedback), to the development stage, and ultimately, it’s launch phase.
• Click here
for a copy of the presentation to the Poway City
Safe Poway offers a unique partnership between the San Diego County
Sheriff's Department and the public. The Sheriff's Department currently
manages pole-mounted public safety cameras throughout Poway that allow
deputies to actively monitor them when responding to a call for service
in the affected area. However, we cannot do it alone. The Sheriff's
Department needs the public’s help to increase its network of coverage.
Participating in Safe Poway allows you to play a role in public safety
and sends a clear message that you want to do your part to help make
Poway a safer place to live, work, and visit.
Safe Poway is your opportunity to partner with the Sheriff's Department
to improve varied public safety concerns including criminal activity.
Additionally, thanks to the ability to be immediately accessed by
deputies responding to a call for service, participating in Safe Poway
offers a second set of eyes on the ground in real-time, precisely when
and where it’s needed. As a Safe Poway participant, you may choose to
explore the potential for a financial incentive, such as an insurance
Estimated costs associated with participating in Safe Poway will depend
on whether you have an existing surveillance system, the quality of that
system, and whether or not it can be migrated into the Safe Poway
platform. All payments are handled directly with your chosen installer
and are not managed by the San Diego County Sheriff's Department, or the
city of Poway.
You own any cameras that you purchase, and you will have access to your
live footage on your mobile device, laptop, etc. through a personal
account (included in the monthly cloud storage fee). The Sheriff's
Department will be able to access the footage through the cloud platform
on an as-needed basis (based on incidents as reported to the 9-1-1
The Sheriff's Department only accepts/integrates privately-owned cameras
that YOU select which provide footage of exterior,
public-facing views. Also, although your camera system may record
the video footage, the Safe Poway platform will NOT.
Most camera systems come with a two- or three-year manufacturer's
warranty. Your selected installer should be able to provide you with
more details concerning repair costs that may not be covered by your
Some existing cameras may be compatible for Safe Poway integration with
determination made on a case-by-case basis. For example, an encoder may
be used to convert analog cameras for integration to the Safe Poway
platform. You may discuss details regarding existing cameras with your
The Sheriff's Department will not save any video footage provided by the
system. All saved footage will be the property of the camera owner. The
length of time it is saved for is dependent on the individual camera
The Sheriff's Department recognizes the importance of the public's
fundamental right to privacy, specifically as it relates to the use of
video technology and its integration with law enforcement's duty to
protect and provide safer communities. The use of any video federation
and integration system is an important tool in combating crime and can
serve as a force multiplier for law enforcement in densely populated
areas, as well as vast rural communities. The use of a video integration
system in any public area must balance the need to protect the safety of
our communities, while ensuring that the public's right to privacy is
safeguarded. All employees who utilize or access the video integration
system shall complete training on use of the system and the need to
safeguard the privacy rights of the public. Additionally, all employees
are responsible for knowing and complying with this policy and
procedure. Please review our policy and procedure (6.136) here: Procedure
Section 6.136 Video Federation and Integration