Police departments in SoCal, nationwide partner with Ring to view doorbell cam footage

Amazon's Ring doorbell is partnering with more than 400 police departments across the country to monitor neighborhoods.

Ring released an official map showing the police forces that have joined their network.

There's about 17 listed locally from Ventura to Orange County, including police departments in Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Pomona and Westminster.

Police can now directly request videos recorded by homeowners.

Privacy advocates fear the program may threaten civil liberties and are calling for oversight and public discussion on the matter.

Ring released the following statement Wednesday in an announcement on the new feature:

"Neighbors and local law enforcement have achieved amazing results by working together through the Neighbors app, from getting stolen guns off the streets to helping families keep their children safe, and even recovering stolen medical supplies for a diabetic child. Every member of a community plays a vital role in making neighborhoods safer, and we're proud that our users can decide how exactly they want to contribute to those conversations. We've also been thoughtful about designing how law enforcement engages with the Neighbors app to ensure users always stay in control of the information they share, and that their privacy is protected."
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