Vicksburg Council approves installation of video cameras in town – The Vicksburg Post

The Council of Mayor and Aldermen of Vicksburg has approved a resolution to acquire and install a high-tech video camera system designed and operated by the non-profit group Project New Orleans.

According to the resolution, cameras will be installed in locations around the city under a program called “Operation Safe Vicksburg.”

The resolution was approved at Monday’s board meeting. He authorizes the city’s information technology department to hire a contractor to install the cameras and the police department to help locate them. City officials will also work with Vicksburg School District officials to install cameras in schools. The cost of installation has not been determined.

A portion of the $2.66 million in American Recovery Plan Act funds recently received by the city will cover the costs of the cameras.

“We’re going to pledge the first part (of ARPA funds) for what it costs for the cameras,” said Mayor George Flaggs Jr. “The cameras are donated and all we have to pay for is the installation and use of cameras.

He said the remaining ARPA funds will be kept in a special account for other projects. The account was established by the board on Monday.

Depending on the resolution, three different types of cameras will be installed in the city:

• Cameras equipped with a shot-tracking function will be installed at 26 locations. According to ShotSpotter.com, a ShotSpotter camera is gunshot detection technology that uses sophisticated acoustic sensors to detect, locate, and alert law enforcement and security personnel to illegal shooting incidents in real time.

Digital alerts include a specific location on a map with corresponding information such as address, number of shots fired and type of shots fired.

• License plate reader cameras capable of obtaining numbers and letters from a license plate will be installed on Washington Street near the Ameristar Casino, North and South Parking Lots, Fisher Ferry Road at Sports Parks of Mississippi, Clay and Hope Street, all on Interstate 20 intersections and the intersection of South Street and Washington Street.

• PTZ cameras will be installed at 24 locations. According to the manufacturer PTZ Optics, a PTZ camera is a robotic pan, tilt, and zoom video camera controlled by a remote operator to pan, tilt, and diagonally tilt and zoom in on a subject to improve video quality. image without digital pixelation.

“These cameras are absolutely essential for crime prevention,” Flaggs said of the camera mix.

“It’s something we need to keep the city safe,” Police Chief Penny Jones said. “We need it in our community.”

On July 10, the board approved an agreement with Project New Orleans, a non-profit organization that has designed and operates a video camera system to assist law enforcement by developing and implementing high-definition cameras , gunshot detectors and license plate recognition cameras as needed. areas.

The board’s agreement with the NOLA project came after city officials visited the organization’s center in New Orleans.

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