The Vicksburg Board of Mayor and Aldermen authorized a decision to accumulate and set up a high-tech video digicam system designed and operated by the non-profit group Venture New Orleans.
In response to the decision, cameras will likely be put in at places throughout town below a program referred to as “Operation Secure Vicksburg.”
The decision was authorized on the board’s assembly Monday. It authorizes town’s Data Know-how Division to rent a contractor to put in the cameras and the police division to help of their location. Metropolis officers can even work with Vicksburg College District officers to put in cameras at colleges. The price of set up has not been decided.
A portion of $2.66 million of American Restoration Plan Act funds lately obtained by town will cowl the prices of the cameras.
“We’re going to obligate the primary half (of the ARPA funds) for what it prices for the cameras,” Mayor George Flaggs Jr. stated. “The cameras are donated and all we’ve obtained to pay for is the set up and the usage of the cameras.”
He stated the remaining ARPA funds will likely be saved in a particular account for different tasks. The account was established by the board Monday.
In response to the decision, three various kinds of cameras will likely be put in within the metropolis:
• Cameras with shot spotter capability will likely be put in at 26 places. In response to ShotSpotter.com, a ShotSpotter digicam is a gunshot detection know-how that makes use of refined acoustic sensors to detect, find and alert regulation enforcement companies and safety personnel about unlawful gunfire incidents in real-time.
Digital alerts embrace a exact location on a map with corresponding data such because the handle, variety of rounds fired and the kind of gunfire.
• License plate reader cameras that may get numbers and letters from a license plate will likely be put in at Washington Avenue close to Ameristar On line casino, the North and South parking garages, Fisher Ferry Highway at Sports activities Parks on the Mississippi, Clay and Hope Avenue, all Interstate 20 intersections and the intersection of South Avenue and Washington Avenue.
• PTZ cameras will likely be put in at 24 places. In response to producer PTZ Optics, A PTZ digicam is a pan, tilt, and zoom robotic video digicam managed by a distant operator to pan horizontally, tilt vertically and diagonally, and zoom in on a topic to reinforce the picture high quality with out digital pixelation.
“These cameras are completely important for the prevention of crime,” Flaggs stated of the combination of cameras.
“That is one thing that we have to maintain town protected,” Police Chief Penny Jones stated. “We’d like them in our neighborhood.”
The board July 10 authorized an settlement with Venture New Orleans, a non-profit group that designed and operates a video digicam system to assist regulation enforcement by growing and implementing cost-subsidized high-definition cameras, gunshot detectors and license plate recognition cameras in wanted areas.
The board’s settlement with Venture NOLA got here after metropolis officers visited the group’s heart in New Orleans.