Clarksville Police go high-tech to cut down on crime at Ashland Park

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by Rodney Spencer

WHAS11.com

Posted on August 20, 2014 at 4:21 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 21 at 9:52 AM

CLARKSVILLE, Ind. (WHAS11) – The city of Clarksville has plans to beef up security at Ashland Park.

At a press conference several city leaders announced how $240,000 worth of grant money, provided by the Department of Homeland Security, would be used.

“This grant is actually for being able to put thermal and high resolution cameras to cover our shoreline,” Scott Johnson the Resource Coordinator for Clarksville said. “Ultimately we just want to make sure people are safe when they come down here and that they are able to enjoy what we have to offer.”

The new cameras are being installed primarily for policing the nearby riverfront infrastructures such as the Second Street Bridge and the McAlpine Lock and Dam.

By the first of the year, the seven to ten cameras should be installed. Police also hope these cameras, which will be monitored twenty-fours a day and seven days a week, will help combat crimes such as tagging, in the park itself.

“Hopefully when they see the camera that deters them,” Johnson said.
 

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