City of Compton proposed a resolution to direct the city manager to increase surveillance throughout the city. This program is designed to utilize vehicle license plate reading software, that assists law enforcement in comparing license plates, in their database, that require “attention”. A resolution to amend the current agreement and rescind Resolution 24,114 was introduced at the April 14, 2015, city council meeting. This program was implemented at the Gateway Shopping Center and made the news when it was discovered a plane was taking images from above.[adsenseyu2]
In May 2012, the Compton Bulletin reported on the city council authorizing approx. $188,000 with PIPS Technology, to purchase the program that works through a network of cameras placed at intersections and city parks, that would then transmit to the patrol cars.
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The first phase of the project involves the cameras at the Gateway Center. Gonzales, Chavez, Leuders, Kelly, Raymond, Wilson, Sibrie and Walter Tucker parks are part of the phase two camera project. Phase three begins on Long Beach Boulevard because of the high rate of prostitution in the area.
The article goes on further to state that the program was paid for with previously allocated funds for the ill-fated return of the Compton Police Department.
The City of Detroit is surveillancing their residents differently.
Using technology tied to their license plates, the city has entered into a $3 million dollar parking meter contract, with a Tampa based firm, that will move residents from “pay by space”to“pay by plate”.
Related article: Drivers to ‘pay by plate’ for Detroit parking
The resolution to expand the scope of services, extend the contract term and increase the contract price, on the surveillance project, to the tune of $194k, was authorized by city council.
A shooting occurred in Burrell McDonald park, last Thursday, April 23, 2015, and the residents are concerned the cameras aren’t working.
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