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Work Continues to Bring Security Cameras to Columbus

Columbus officials continue their efforts at installing security cameras in certain areas of the city.

Community IT Executive for the city of Columbus, Sean O'Leary, says these cameras would be used to help with security for big events like the Mill Race Marathon, as well as to serve as a crime deterrent for certain areas. He says the cameras became a priority for Mayor Kristen Brown after she heard from residents in the Ninth Street Park and Morningside Park areas ask for them continuously. O'Leary says the areas likely to see cameras, along with the parks already mentioned, include Fourth and Washington streets and the area around the Fire Station at 11th and Washington streets.

O'Leary says he understands the privacy concerns, but stresses that he does not want to "intrude on the privacy of the public." He adds that he is doing "all he can" to insure privacy is maintained, adding that the cameras will be focused on public areas.

O'Leary says that he is learning about the viability of the plan and possible costs by talking to vendors and the Indiana State Police. Once that is finished, the plan will go before the Technology Advisory Committee (TAC) on Dec. 13. He says the project will most likely be funded by TAC. From there, the plan will go before the Board of Public Works and Safety. If they are on board, the bidding process would begin shortly thereafter.

Last Updated: Thursday, December 05, 2013 7:46:50 AM

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