Deputy chief takes next step in downtown cameras installation

Wednesday, September 1, 2010 | 4:52 p.m. CDT; updated 5:20 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, September 1, 2010

BY Trupti Rami

COLUMBIA — The Columbia Police Department is continuing work on bringing surveillance cameras to the downtown area.

“We’re in the final planning stages,” department spokeswoman Jill Wieneke said.

Deputy Chief Tom Dresner plans to submit a memo about the cameras to the City Council by late September. The memo will include the Police Department’s research and suggestions about protocol, such as how to determine where to place the cameras, how to request camera footage and how long footage is retained, Wieneke said.

A formal report will be filed after the council has provided feedback on the memo. Both documents will be available to the public once completed.

“The report will be more comprehensive and contain other safety ideas for the downtown area, as well as the final suggestions with regard to the cameras,” Wieneke said in an e-mail.

The Police Department has finished analyzing crime data compiled by crime specialist Jerry East, Wieneke said.

The data included a crime “hot spot” map, which Chief Ken Burton wanted to use when planning camera placement, according to a previous Missourian article.

Burton expected to bring information before the council in late July, according to a previous Missourian article.

“The delay is because we are trying to be thorough, especially since this is a new program,” Wieneke said.

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This appeared on ColumbiaMissourian.com. Here’s a link to the story.

For this story, I was warned that Chief Ken Burton was a hard man to get a hold of. And, he is. Luckily, I was able to speak with someone else in the police department. I plan to follow this story as it progresses, so hopefully I’ll be able to speak with the chief eventually.

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