Videotaping aa meetings for security reasons?

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Videotaping aa meetings for security reasons?

Postby Duecesrgr8 » Sun Oct 28, 2012 11:35 pm

I am a board member for a halfway house and we have to start video taping all aa meetings for security reasons or security system will not shut off during the meetings it's on 24/7 will this break tradition for aa or how do we get around this?
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Re: Videotaping aa meetings for security reasons?

Postby PaigeB » Mon Oct 29, 2012 12:53 am

My opinion? Throw a towel over it or move the meeting. NO WAY this should taped as such things can get lost & hit the internet... any exception to Tradition 11 are a slippery slope.
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Re: Videotaping aa meetings for security reasons?

Postby Duecesrgr8 » Mon Oct 29, 2012 1:31 am

Thanks Paigeb we are just looking for ideas and believe it or not we never thought of covering it wow I do agree with your post but we are having problems with violence at our meetings which affects our insurance rates and affecting our attendance at the meetings would like to hear some other feed back thanks
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Re: Videotaping aa meetings for security reasons?

Postby Tommy-S » Mon Oct 29, 2012 1:50 am

Hello there,

Can I ask who is generating the violence...the halfway house members or the AA's coming in?

What it the Security camera's view?... can one tell from the tape that it is an AA meeting (is there literature or AA signs in the video, or does it look like a gathering?)

Is there audio?

I spent years doing prison meetings and it wasn't uncommon for us to have one of the Correctional Officers wandering in and out. Those inmates who acted up were not permitted back. Outside AA's coming in were carefully screened to prevent Public Controversy with the Facility. And if the facility wasn't relatively safe, we didn't risk the safety & welfare of sober AA's

And whatever we do, we don't go messing with the Security of a facility... even just covering a camera for an hour.

Get with your local Inter Group or Central Office, and check with them... See what your Treatment or Corrections Chair has in the way of experience, strength and hope.

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Re: Videotaping aa meetings for security reasons?

Postby PaigeB » Mon Oct 29, 2012 9:26 am

I didn't think of contacting the local Treatment/Corrections Chair. Good idea.
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Re: Videotaping aa meetings for security reasons?

Postby Todd M » Mon Oct 29, 2012 10:17 am

if you video tape, then its no longer AA

part of the AA is Anonymous :idea: :wink:
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Re: Videotaping aa meetings for security reasons?

Postby kenyal » Thu Nov 15, 2012 9:00 pm

Your question seems to contain a contradiction.

You say you must tape the AA meeting, but though your system will not shut off you want suggestions on how to get around taping the meeting.
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Re: Videotaping aa meetings for security reasons?

Postby Blue Moon » Wed Nov 28, 2012 11:23 pm

TbearTodd wrote:if you video tape, then its no longer AA


Maybe closed-circuit cameras showing folk entering and leaving the meeting should make it not AA...

Yet there are many files readily available on the Internet of speakers who announce themselves with full name, their AA membership, and as part of AA conventions.

Personally, I would have a much bigger problem with some violent asswipe disrupting this message in an AA meeting, than I would any security camera intended to keep such antics at bay.

Folks concerned about anonymity at the level of press, radio and film may want to look at some of what Dr Bob said on the subject. Most AAs "break" Tradition 11 frequently in their own local meetings.
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Re: Videotaping aa meetings for security reasons?

Postby Tommy-S » Thu Nov 29, 2012 12:20 pm

That was my take on it... Like in the Prisons & Pens.. Even in the meeting room, IF those cameras are operating 24/7. I have signed many registers to get into places for "AA", because it was a facility security requirement... Much like my full name and face that is in a couple State Correctional Department badges & filing systems.

Tampering with security measures that a facility needs or requires is a big No-No... Jail time in some places.

IF the place is that dangerous, they why go? Let the facility fix the problem or bus the people to outside meetings with an escort.

I suspect there is more to the story here...

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Re: Videotaping aa meetings for security reasons?

Postby MyNameisVictor » Mon Jan 07, 2013 10:45 am

IMHO, I think you shouldn't call it an AA meeting, because (and I agree with the person who wrote this) it's not if a video camera is on. Call it a 12 step meeting or group therapy or something. If there is violence, then the video camera is needed. Or you can simply ask the violent people to leave.
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