New York police department seeks funds for hundreds of new surveillance cameras - - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - |

New York police department seeks funds for hundreds of new surveillance cameras

NEW YORK (AP) _ The nation's largest police force wants to install hundreds of surveillance cameras in busy commercial districts and other areas where there have been spikes in robberies and burglaries.

Police officers already watch live feeds from surveillance cameras in housing projects throughout the five boroughs, NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said.

The new cameras, however, would not be monitored. Instead, they would record high-quality digital videos that would be reviewed in the event of a crime to look for evidence. Police also believe the cameras would serve as a deterrent.

Civil liberties groups argue the practice does more to encroach on the privacy of average citizens than it does to discourage and catch criminals.

Cameras ``are no substitute for cops on the street,'' said Donna Lieberman, executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union. ``That's what we need to reduce crime.''

But Browne said law-abiding New Yorkers would have nothing to fear.

``These are locations where there is no expectation of privacy,'' he said.

The police department is seeking city funds for some 400 new cameras. No detail was provided on a timetable or the cost of the plan.
Powered by Frankly
News On 6
303 N. Boston Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74103 is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KOTV. Oklahoma Traveler™ is a registered trademark of Griffin Communications. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.