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BRPD Chief critical of crime camera system, working on changes

3 years ago January 18, 2012 Jan 18, 2012 Wednesday, January 18 2012 Wednesday, January 18, 2012 9:27:36 PM CST in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Ashley Rodrigue

BATON ROUGE-  Baton Rouge Police Chief Dewayne White says the city-parish crime camera system is ineffective, as is, but he's trying to change that.

Metro Council will be considering next week whether to extend the current contract for maintenance on the technology, temporarily, until members can review other potential companies for the job.

The council has been critical of the system in the past because of the cost and the lack of proof the cameras actually help catch criminals.

White says the system was under-utilized and under-supervised when he took over.  He says there aren't enough cameras to cover the city-parish the way it was intended, and since there aren't extra dollars to buy more, the best way to be efficient with the 122 cameras on-line now is to put them all in one area, instead of spread out.  He wants to work on the system for another year before pulling the plug.

District Attorney Hillar Moore agrees, especially since he says the cameras have only helped his office in one case.

White will make that pitch to the Metro Council at next week's meeting.

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