Washington, D.C. CCTV Camera Locations

The following excerpt from the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department 2012 Annual Report lists the locations of surveillance cameras throughout the district as well as every activation of the Department’s Joint Operations Command Center (JOCC) that occurred in 2012.  Thanks to Carlton Purvis for pointing out the report.


The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) has a Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) system to support public safety operations in the nation’s capital. As authorized by District of Columbia Municipal Regulations, the CCTV system may be used to help manage public resources during major public events and demonstrations, to coordinate traffic control on an as needed basis, and to combat crime in District neighborhoods.

The primary goal of the CCTV system is to enhance the safety and security of residents, workers and visitors in the District of Columbia, while vigorously respecting the privacy rights of individuals. CCTV for homeland security provides law enforcement with real-time, visual information during major events such as demonstrations, presidential inaugurations, and the Fourth of July. During periods of heightened alert, the system allows police to monitor public spaces around key installations that are at risk of terrorist attacks, without having to assign a large number of uniformed officers to the task. The CCTV system helps the MPD to deploy resources more efficiently and to respond to incidents more quickly and effectively, while continuing to maintain essential neighborhood patrols.

The MPD continues to utilize the Neighborhood Based Camera, which can be deployed according to crime needs and neighborhood concerns, as well as the Permanent Cameras. Both the Neighborhood Based and Permanent Cameras have prominent signage and their locations are listed on the Department’s website. While Neighborhood Based Cameras are in all seven Police Districts, the Permanent Cameras include public spaces around the National Mall, the US Capitol, the White House, Union Station and other critical installations, as well as major arteries and highways that pass through the District of Columbia. In 2012, the Department processed 993 internal requests for video footage, an increase of nine percent over the previous year.

The MPD also participates in a working group with other city agencies to discuss best practices and methods for sharing footage gathered from Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) to benefit the entire District of Columbia.

While many criminals take note of the cameras’ publicized locations and rarely commit crimes in full view of the Department’sCCTV, the system has provided assistance in gathering information for investigations by showing the paths and directions that both suspects and witnesses have taken following incidents. Footage from CCTVs can be used to confirm or refute a suspect’s location at the time of an incident.

JOCC/CCTV Activations

The following is a list of activations of the Department’s Joint Operations Command Center (JOCC) during calendar year 2012. During JOCC activations, the Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) system is also activated.

Occupy Congress January 17, 2012
State of the Union Address January 24, 2012
Alfalfa Dinner January 28, 2012
USPP Op. at McPherson Square February 4, 2012
USPP Op. at Freedom Plaza February 5, 2012
IMF/World Bank Meetings April 20-22, 2012
AHOD I May 4-6, 2012
AHOD II June 8-10, 2012
AHOD III July 13-15, 2012
Aryan Nations March September 22, 2, 2012
AHOD IV October 19-21, 2012

Homeland Security (Permanent) Camera Locations

  • 1100 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, NW (2 cameras)
  • 200 block of Constitution Avenue, NW
  • 500 block of North Capitol Street, NW
  • 1000 block of Jefferson Drive, SW
  • 300 block of Independence Avenue, SW
  • 400 block of L’Enfant Plaza, SW
  • First Street & S Street, SW
  • Half Street & S Street, SW
  • South Capitol & Potomac Avenue, SE
  • 1300 block of Wisconsin Avenue, NW
  • 3600 block of M Street, NW
  • Wisconsin Avenue & M Street, NW
  • 1000 block of Vermont Avenue, NW
  • 700 block of 18th Street, NW
  • 700 block of 19th Street, NW
  • 800 block of Vermont Avenue, NW
  • Pennsylvania Avenue & 15th Street, NW (2 cameras)
  • 19th Street & Dupont Circle, NW
  • 5900 MacArthur Blvd NW
  • 20th Street & G Street, NW
  • 5400 Norton Street,NW
  • 18th Street & H Street, NW
  • 19th Street & H Street, NW
  • 20th Street & H Street, NW
  • 18th Street & G Street, NW
  • 19th Street & G Street, NW
  • Kenilworth Avenue & Foote Street, NE
  • Benning Road & Anacostia Avenue, NE
  • 660 Anacostia Avenue, NE
  • 1000 block of 19th Street, North (Rosslyn, VA)

Neighborhood Crime Camera Locations

Site District
7th and H St., NW 1
5th & K St., NW 1
100 block of M Street, NW (by First Place, NW) 1
North Capitol Street and K Street, NW 1
6th Street & L Street, NE 1
8th & H Street, NE 1
1500 block of 1st Street, SW (by P Street, SW) 1
200 Block of K Street, SW 1
K Street & Potomac Avenue, SE 1
400 block of 16th Street, NE 1
15th & East Capitol Street, SE 1
Wisconsin Avenue & P Street, NW 2
3273 M Street, NW 2
3249 M Street, NW 2
3219 M Street, NW 2
3131 M Street, NW 2
3109 M Street, NW 2
1267 Wisconsin Avenue, NW (Prospect Street & Wisconsin Avenue, NW) 2
3067 M Street, NW 2
1237 Wisconsin Avenue, NW (N Street & Wisconsin Avenue, NW) 2
3039 M Street, NW 2
33rd and M Streets, NW 2
1400 block of R Street, NW 3
14th and Oak Street, NW 3
14th Street & Columbia Road, NW 3
Georgia Avenue & Morton Street, NW 3
Sherman Ave & Harvard Street, NW 3
2400 block of 18th Street, NW 3
Kalorama Road & Champlain Street, NW 3
17th & Euclid Streets, NW 3
14th & Girard Street, NW 3
14th & W Street, NW 3
9th & T Street, NW 3
11th & M Street, NW 3
5th & O Street, NW 3
5th & N Street, NW 3
7th & O Street, NW 3
5th & Kennedy Street, NW 4
7th & Kennedy Street, NW 4
Colorado Ave. & Kennedy St., NW 4
1st & Kennedy Street, NW 4
Georgia Avenue & Allison Street, NW 4
3700 block of Georgia Avenue, NW 4
4th & Shepherd Street, NW 4
14th & Parkwood Pl, NW 4
14th & Quincy Street, NW 4
1800 Block of Benning Road, NE 5
1st & O Street, NW 5
North Capitol Street & Seaton Place, NW 5
1700 block of Lincoln Road, NE (by Randolph Place, NE) 5
4th & W Street, NE 5
18th Place & M Street, NE 5
18th & M Street, NE 5
3700 block of 12th Street, NE (by Otis Street) 5
3700 block of 12th Street, NE (by Perry Street) 5
14th Street & Saratoga Avenue, NE 5
1200 block of Meigs Place, NE 5
Montello Avenue & Mt Olivet Road, NE 5
Montello Avenue & Queen Street, NE 5
Trinidad Avenue & Meigs Place, NE 5
Trinidad Avenue & Mt Olivet Road, NE 5
1500 block Levis Street, NE 5
Bladensburg Road & Morse Street, NE 5
Holbrook St & Neal Street, NE 5
Montello Avenue & Morse Street, NE 5
Staples & Oats Streets, NE 5
18th & D Street, NE 5
19th & Rosedale Streets, NE 5
21st Street & Maryland Avenue, NE 5
4400 block of F Street, SE 6
4400 block of Quarles Street, NE 6
1500 block of Kenilworth Avenue, NE 6
300 block of 50th Street, NE 6
3800 block of Minnesota Avenue, NE 6
4700 block of Alabama Avenue, SE 6
5000 block of Benning Road, SE 6
5000 block of Call Place, SE 6
5100 block of Fitch Street, SE 6
East Capitol Street and Benning Road, SE 6
14th & Good Hope Road, SE 6
5300 block of Clay Terrace, NE 6
18th & T Street, SE 7
1500 Block of Butler Street, SE 7
2300 block of Pitts Place, SE 7
16th & W Street, SE 7
Ainger & Langston Places, SE 7
2500 block of Pomeroy Road, SE 7
Elvans and Stanton Roads, SE 7
1100 block of Stevens Road, SE 7
13th Place & Congress Street, SE 7
Martin Luther King Jr. & Malcom X Avenue, SE 7
Wheeler Rd & Bellevue St., SE 7
4200 Block of 4th Street, SE 7

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