Sacramento Launches Pilot Municipal CCTV Project

Dec. 12--Video cameras will be monitoring the public at various places throughout Sacramento as part of a pilot project to be launched Tuesday by the Sacramento Police Department.

The closed-circuit television system, which is intended to help provide better security during the holiday season, is similar to surveillance programs in other cities.

Recently, one of the system's cameras at the K Street Mall at Seventh and K streets captured images of a drug deal, which were watched and recorded by officers some distance away. A passing patrol car was contacted and two men were arrested on drug charges.

A press conference to show case the expanded new system, which will include two to three cameras initially, is scheduled today at the police department's communication center at 7397 San Joaquin St.

Images caught on camera will be monitored and recorded at the police communication center. If the pilot project is successful there are plans to expand and make the system permanent in selected areas throughout the city.

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