City commits $1M for camera system to combat violent crime
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke says the city will commit $1 million for an expanded camera system to cut down on violent crime.
The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports Berke made the announcement in his third annual State of the City address on Monday.
The money will go toward public safety cameras and network infrastructure for the police department.
Berke says officers have been relying on outdated and time-consuming technology when tracking down drive-by shooters. He says the enlarged camera system will help police determine what vehicles are on the streets right before and immediately after a shooting.
Councilman Russell Gilbert says the city council will likely support the security investment.
Berke says police will work with neighborhood leaders and clergy to determine where to place the cameras.