STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - A new camera project is aiming to enhance public safety in Starkville.
The police department and the city’s information technology department teamed up for the municipal camera project.
Brandon Lovelady showcases the new cameras.
The city is planning to roll out the first phase of the project.
Phase 1 includes installing 10 cameras in heavily-populated areas such as the entertainment district, parks and the Sportsplex
The cameras will feature flashing red and blue lights, allowing people to easily see them.
Mayor Lynn Spruill said this project is not meant to be instructive, but to better observe the community
"It allows us to be proactive as opposed to reactive, and we want everyone to feel safe and secure," she said.
She said the city is home to many young people who are away from home, possibly for the first time. The city wants parents to feel reassurance that their children are safe.
Brandon Lovelady, public information officer for the Starkville Police Department, said this project is solely to enhance public safety, protect assets and hopefully deter crime.
“Yes, we did start with some areas that usually have more events and things like that," he said.
He said this is part of a long-term program to help citizens feel safer. The project will expand on the duties that police officers have been doing for years.
These cameras are more robust and feature better video quality. Lovelady said the project has been a tremendous help to police officers, so far.