Iowa City Police Accessing More Cameras In Community

By Mark Carlson, Reporter

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Iowa City police have a new way to keep an eye on the community. The department recently activated a new video surveillance system that includes 30-HD cameras around city hall. The system also connects the police department to existing cameras on city owned property throughout Iowa City.

"Most of the cameras are recording, whether a person is watching or not," Iowa City police Chief Sam Hargadine said in an email Friday. "Other cameras are motion activated and start recording when it detects a person has entered."

The cameras at city hall replace 16 analog cameras, which used to monitor that area. Hargadine said he isn't sure how many cameras the police department can now link to throughout the community. Officers can watch the cameras in real time from the front desk of the police station, although not every city owned camera is linked to the system, Hargadine said.

Police are also using new tracking technology to monitor where officers vehicles are located from their command desk.

The upgrades are part of a larger renovation to both the police and fire stations in downtown. Last summer the city council approved the joint project at a cost of nearly $275,000.
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