CPD announces new safety camera system

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – The Chattanooga Police Department (CPD) is testing out its new public safety camera system called Crime Eye.

Crime eye is a camera that will be installed on power poles in different parts of the city. The camera looks like a white box that sticks out from the power poles, but it is actually a camera watching the area.

“This system known as crime eye promotes crime reduction, community safety, continues building relationships with our community, assists in solving all types of crimes and aids prosecutors in putting criminals in jail,” Chief Fred Fletcher of the Chattanooga Police Department said.

Residents did have a say on where the cameras would go. Chief Fletcher says the cameras are easy to use.

“One of the best features of the crime eye system is it is very adjustable, flexible, dynamic and easily movable,” Chief Fletcher said.

During the first phase, 15 public safety cameras will be installed in different parts of the city.

Officials say it’s another tool to keep the community safe.

“Crime eye will allow the department to respect its citizen’s privacy while creating a more secure and safe environment for it’s residents,” said Jordan Heilweil, with Total Recall Corporation.

Police will be able to watch it in real time and go back and review it if an incident happens.

The camera that was on West 38th Street was taken down Friday, it was for testing purposes.

The goal is to have the 15 cameras rolled out and installed by May.

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