Columbus considers video cameras to police city

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Police in Columbus could soon have extra sets of electronic eyes keeping watch over city streets.

The Republic reports the city is considering installing high-definition video cameras at key public sites. The cameras would transmit footage to the county emergency operations center and police department, and officers could access the feeds from computers in their squad cars.

Mayor Kristen Brown says the proposal originated from residents' concerns and is expected to cost about $116,000. City officials are working on a request for proposals and hope to have bids by mid-January.

Police officials say the cameras would allow officers to keep an eye out for criminal activity without having patrol cars present.

Several sites would feature cameras with infrared equipment that allows officers to see at night.


Information from: The Republic

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