COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) - Getting caught red-handed will have a new meaning in Columbus as police prepare to have extra eyes on the streets.
Wednesday morning city leaders announced a new program called the Neighborhood Watch Camera Program.
New cameras to be installed across Columbus. Photo Date: Aug. 25, 2021.
The City of Columbus is installing new, high-tech surveillance cameras throughout the city.
“Having cameras like this, bringing us into the 21st Century, helps us have more eyes out there to help our police officers,” Mayor Keith Gaskin said.
Workers will scatter the cameras in 10 different locations, with a total of 20 cameras watching neighborhood activity.
The first installation begins Thursday morning.
Police Chief Fred Shelton said the police department identified neighborhoods in which the cameras could be beneficial to police officers, as well as provide some confidence and peace of mind to the people living there.
The city is currently keeping the locations chosen a secret.
A pair of cameras cost more than $5,000. The city will pay for the cameras and will seek a grant to reimburse the costs.
Shelton said a police officer will monitor the cameras' footage twice a day.
The mayor said the installation process could take two to three months.
Columbus is applying for a grant to pay for the cameras through the Mississippi Homeland Security Grant Program.