Crime Camera Bid Pending in New Orleans
New Orleans is experiencing skyrocketing crime, and in response New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has asked for federal assistance in purchasing and installing 500 new video cameras around the city.
Nagin seeks about $6 million in federal assistance for this camera project, and his office will be installing 200 additional cameras with city funds throughout New Orleans, piece by piece throughout the year.
To date, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has only been able to support Nagin’s effort with funds to support cameras at public housing facilities.
In fact, New Orleans Police Department’s headquarters has yet to reopen due to Hurricane Katrina damage and flooding. U.S. authorities hope repairs will be finished by May 2007.
Abstracted by the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC) from The New Orleans Times-Picayune (01/20/07); P. 1; Maggi, Laura.