ATLANTA – A total of $2.1 million, including $450,000 in city taxpayer money, will fund what Atlanta city officials are calling a significant expansion of its state-of-the-art video surveillance network.
The expansion will enhance public safety in District 8 and the surrounding neighborhoods. That area largely includes the western area of the city.
The announcement comes amid an uptick in crime. Mayor Kasim Reed has pledged to take additional measures to combat crime throughout the city, including the establishment of a Repeat Offender Unit to monitor repeat offenders after their arrests, launching special police details that will control possible DUI activity after hours and expanding the Loudermilk Video Integration Center (VIC).
The VIC tracks more than 5,700 security cameras in private and public sector facilities.
“With the help of community partners, we are making another significant investment in cutting-edge technology that will assist our officers in preventing and reducing violent crime,” Reed said in a statement. “The safety of our residents and visitors is a top priority for my Administration, and I am committed to providing every resource our police department needs to ensure that we keep criminals off our streets.”