Tenderloin Camera program


TLCBD launched the Security Camera Network in 2016 in partnership with SFPD, SF SAFE, the District Attorney’s office, UC Hastings, and Applied Video Solutions (AVS). TLCBD conducted outreach to community groups ahead of launching the program.

Ahead of the launch in 2016, TLCBD staff worked with attorneys and students from UC Hastings, along with input from the community, to inform use policies to respect both privacy and chain of evidence. These cameras are never monitored or watched in real time, and only accessed in response to a specific incident. Those requesting footage must provide an SFPD case number. Since the launch of the program, footage has been requested and supplied over 500 times, including regular retrieval from SFPD and the Public Defender’s office.

In 2016, several locations were installed with multiple high-definition cameras offering multiple views. Since that time, more locations have been added to the network with the support of City grants and private investment from property owners. The TLCBD works closely with the SFPD to provide video footage when requested to help with crimes committed in the district. In late 2018, TLCBD received a significant grant from the Silicon Valley Community Foundation to support the expansion of the Security Camera Network. TLCBD staff is currently working to expand the camera network.

If you’d like to learn more about adding cameras to your building, or would like to explore the benefits of linking existing cameras to the TLCBD network, contact Lorraine@tlcbd.org.

To download a video retrieval request form, click here. Return completed form to cameras@tlcbd.org.