- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 4, 2015

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The Lafayette Police Department plans to install up to 52 cameras in certain neighborhoods, primarily in City-Parish Council Districts 3 and 4 represented by Brandon Shelvin and Kenneth Boudreaux.

Police Chief Jim Craft tells The Advertiser (https://bit.ly/1Ekp8pA ) the councilmen helped police identify locations for the cameras. He says crime data also was used.

Using laptop computers in patrol cars, police responding to a scene of a crime can pull up video from cameras in that neighborhood or look at the scene live.

“It’s a force multiplier,” Craft said. The cameras can keep an eye on high-crime areas when police officers aren’t there.

The Neighborhood Camera Project is expected to cost about $700,000, Cpl. Paul Mouton, police public information officer, said.

Some of the money, budgeted by the City-Parish Council in the 2014-15 budget, will be used to renovate a room in the police department headquarters where computer servers that back up the camera’s footage will be housed, Craft said.

The department is awaiting a quote from Lafayette Utilities System for line fees that will be used to transfer data from the cameras to the computer serves. That could cost about $10,000 a month or about $100,000 a year, he said.

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Information from: The Advertiser, https://www.theadvertiser.com

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