The Meridian Police Department is planning to add surveillance to three city parks to ensure a safer experience for park visitors.
“We have quite a citizen present in some of our parks especially the three that we are targeting, Bonita Lakes Park, Northeast Park, and Highland Park has a great deal of human traffic, foot traffic and; we can’t be at all places in one time,” said Chief Benny DuBose.
Chief Benny DuBose says, safety is not an issue at any park.
“The parks are pretty safe at this point, but like I said; we do have activity going out there: like Bonita is a jewel. It’s one of the nicest locations I’ve seen in the state, and that’s not just because it’s here in Meridian and a lot of people like to visit Bonita,” said Chief Benny DuBose.
Chief DuBose feels that a camera presence will make park guest feel safer and possibly deter any criminal activities.
“If everyone knows that we have cameras out there, then maybe they will not participate in certain activities that cause problems for other citizens,” said Chief Benny DuBose.
The surveillance project want be expensed by citizens.
“It doesn’t cost the city taxpayers a dime. This project which is almost $90,000 for a period of five years is going to cost roughly ninety-thousand dollars, but this is going to be paid for with drug seized funds, so it’s not costing the tax payers money one dime and it’s through Mississippi Power,” said Chief Benny DuBose.
Chief DuBose says the project is under away and awaiting the next step.
“We’re waiting on city council to approve it being Mississippi Power being a sole source provider of this particular camera system and the next step is to have the contract approved and signed off by city administration,” said Chief Benny DuBose.