Security cameras, license plate readers coming to Council District 8

State-of-the-art security cameras and license plate readers in Atlanta’s Council District 8 will soon be up and running.

Atlanta City Councilmember Yolanda Adrean announced on today that the Atlanta Police Foundation began installing the first 50 video security cameras and license plate readers as part of phase I of the master plan for Council District 8. The devices will be integrated into the city’s Loudermilk Operation Shield Video Integration Center, where police can monitor images from more than 5,700 high-tech cameras throughout the city.

In December, Adrean contributed $300,000 from her council budget carry forward account toward the purchase of security cameras. Her contribution was matched by the mayor’s office, and private sector investment in cameras from businesses and residents has amounted to $2 million thus far.

The master plan, which is a map of strategic locations where the cameras and readers will be installed, was developed in partnership with the Atlanta Police Foundation and the Atlanta Police Department by using data collected from crime statistics and patterns throughout the district.

The estimated project completion is the second week in March.

Adrean said other councilmembers also are engaged in the conversation of partnering with the Atlanta Police Foundation’s Operation Shield program including Alex Wan, Felicia Moore and Howard Shook.

Operation Shield is a collaborative initiative between the City of Atlanta and private-sector donors to help create a safer, more efficient way of policing through the use of advanced technology in video surveillance cameras and license plate recognition readers. Since its inception, the Operation Shield program has made great strides in improving situational awareness for emergency management agencies. It has enhanced public safety response times to regional crimes and has helped decrease crime rates in communities throughout the City of Atlanta.