Donation helps West Palm Beach, Fla. get extra surveillance cameras

City set to install six additional cameras with $100K donation from Target


WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. --

The city of West Palm Beach is getting an extra set of eyes.

There are currently 32 surveillance cameras set up in the downtown area and in the northern, southern and western parts of the city.

But six more cameras will soon be in place, thanks to a $100,000 donation from Target. The company made similar donations to other cities as part of its safe city program.

Mayor Jeri Muoio holds a $100,000 check donated to the city by Target as part of its safe city program.

The cameras run 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Police say they are a big help in catching criminals.

"These cameras do have a correlation to a reduction in crime," West Palm Beach Police Chief Delsa Bush says.

Bush says police caught two fatal shootings on these cameras, one in which the suspect was sentenced to 50 years in prison.

"This is really a great example of a public-private partnership, and we're happy that they have chosen us to partner with," Mayor Jeri Muoio says.

Bush says it will take about a month to get the cameras installed. Police hope to get 10 additional cameras in the coming months.

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