LOUISVILLE, Ky. (NEWS RELEASE) – Mayor Greg Fischer announced he ordered a comprehensive review to expand the security camera network downtown.
Twenty-four security cameras will be placed in Waterfront Park and on the Big Four Bridge as the first phase of the project. This phase of the project will be installed and working before Thunder Over Louisville, on Saturday, April 12.
Louisville Metro Police will undertake the review and determine where the cameras will provide the most impact. MetroSafe and The Downtown Partnership will work with Louisville Metro Police to see if there are opportunities to link with other cameras operating at private businesses in the Central Business District.
“Cameras are an important tool in helping anticipate and potentially prevent violence like what our community experienced last weekend — they have been shown to be effective in other communities,” Fischer said. “Cameras alone won’t prevent crime -- but they will help.”
The Downtown Partnership is looking at ways to buy cameras in bulk, saving money through volume, and passing along those savings to downtown businesses that want to install cameras and tie them into the city network, said Rebecca Matheny, interim director of the Partnership.
The cameras are one of several steps the city is taking in response to the weekend violence. The police are stepping up patrols downtown -- on foot, on bike, on horseback and in cruisers. The city’s Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods initiative is also working with civic, community and religious leaders to reach children and young adults to ensure they don’t get caught up in violence.