Following a 10 News Investigators story on surveillance cameras that had yet to yield any tangible results, a city councilman will ask Thursday for a shift in policy on the technology, reports Noah Pransky.
Mayor Bill Foster instituted a surveillance camera pilot program in 2010 upon taking office, but limited funds have prohibited the city from installing more than 10 cameras. As 10 News first reported last week, the cameras — mostly in city parks — are not monitored by police.
Foster acknowledged the city hasn’t had the tools to take full advantage of the technology yet, but Councilman Karl Nurse says when funds become available, the city should install surveillance cameras in high-crime areas.
“We’re not using it for hot spots,” Nurse said, adding several pockets in his district have severe drug problems. “We’re not really even (watching the feeds). This is sort of passive resistance.”
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