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Tuesday, September 30, 2003


Mississippi: "JPD chief step closer on video surveillance"

This is a much more comprehensive article on the Jackson Police Department's proposed video surveillance system (to be linked by a municipal fiber network). The article does a good job of explaining how this system ties into overall plans to revitalize the downtown area:

"John Lawrence, president of Downtown Jackson Partners, said the cameras, combined with plans to expand the department's bicycle patrol, will go a long way toward improving how people perceive downtown Jackson. 'It could play a major role in helping to bring businesses downtown," said Lawrence, who oversees the 66-block downtown business district.'"

It also describes how New Orleans is already using such a system:

"The New Orleans Police Department has had cameras on every public transit bus in the city and in certain areas of the French Quarter for years, said Capt. Marlon Defiells. His department is moving toward placing 1,500 cameras in certain pockets of New Orleans because of the effectiveness of the cameras in place."

"'If there is a situation that occurs, the cameras allow us to look at real-time information, possibly disseminate it to the public if we need to look for suspects, and the videotape serves as in unbiased witness,' Defiells said. 'And usually, when we have a person see himself on video, he just gives up right then and pleads guilty. It's good for the flow of the legal system.'"

If they're already running the fiber downtown, I hope both New Orleans and Jackson will consider using these cables to link public agencies, offer dark fiber to business and telecom carriers, and/or set up wireless broadband networks.


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