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    (New Haven) - Today, Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. Chief Frank Limon and Assistant Chief Tobin Hensgen, joined Alderman Charles A. Blango to announce that the New Haven Police Department has begun installation of 21 public safety cameras in neighborhoods around New Haven.

    The City was able to purchase the cameras after being awarded a $1 million 2009 COPS Interoperable grant. The grant is being used to provide infrastructure for wireless connectivity to the cameras as well as the purchase and installation of the cameras.

    “Public safety cameras are another tool the Department can utilize to fight crime,” said Mayor DeStefano. “Giving the department an extra set of “eyes” will assist in investigations and hopefully serve as a crime deterrent.”

    The public safety cameras will have the ability to pan, tilt and zoom, providing 360 degree views of the public right of ways. Locations of the cameras are based on NHPD crime analysis data and intelligence. This data and intelligence will prioritize where to best locate surveillance cameras within the district.

    “Bad guys beware we are watching,” said Chief Frank Limon. “In order to effectively fight crime, we must utilize all resources available to the department. Installing public safety cameras make sense and will serve as an additional tool in our overall crime fighting strategy.”

    The video feed from the cameras will be transmitted back to police headquarters, recorded and stored for 15 days. In the event a crime is committed within view of the camera, police will be able to check the video footage to assist in their investigations. Over time, the department plans to route the video feeds into the police substation throughout the city and eventually to laptops in patrol cars.

    The Department will review crime data every 90 days to determine if the cameras should be deployed to other areas in the city.

    The City will also be installing cameras at the Port of New Haven through ARRA stimulus funding. The City was awarded $1 million for security upgrades. With this funding, new pole lighting and cameras will be installed located within and around the Port. Excavation for pole bases and installation has already begun. Cameras will be positioned when the poles are in place.

    Contact Name: Adam Joseph

    Contact Email: AJoseph@newhavenct.net

    Contact Phone: 203-946-8200

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