Buckhead CID To Install 30 new Cameras and 20 License Plate Readers
On January 25, the Buckhead Community Improvement District (BCID) board of directors unanimously approved the purchase of 30 cameras and 20 license plate readers for Operation Shield within the BCID boundaries at a cost of $705,000.
Since 2011, the BCID has worked in partnership with the Atlanta Police Department (APD) and the Atlanta Police Foundation (APF), installing a wireless network-based public safety surveillance system as part of Operation Shield that enables the Atlanta Police Department and the Atlanta Police Video Integration Center to proactively provide police services to the community. The camera system, which through 2015 included 19 cameras, provides real-time situational awareness of key areas within the CID and records camera images for post-incident investigation. With the approval, the number of cameras will increase to over 50.
“It’s critical that people who live, work, play and shop in Buckhead feel safe and secure at all times. We believe these added wireless cameras and license plate readers will create a force-multiplier for crime prevention and emergency preparedness,” said Jim Durrett, executive director – BCID.
The Atlanta Police Foundation and The Atlanta Police Department, in partnership with the Atlanta Security Council, Central Atlanta Progress, Atlanta Downtown Improvement District and Midtown Alliance launched Operation Shield in April 2007. Its three-pronged approach includes a Video Integration Center, emergency text alerts and COMNET, an exclusive and dedicated two-way radio security communications network. This approach enables members to effectively bridge communication gaps between the Atlanta Police Department and the City’s business communities.
“We could not be more pleased with the BCID board’s decision to increase their video integration, which will allow us to provide a more comprehensive view of the community on an ongoing basis,” said Dave Wilkinson, president and CEO – Atlanta Police Foundation.
The BCID cameras are expected to be installed in June 2017 and will be located throughout the district, including two cameras dedicated to Charlie Loudermilk Park in the heart of Buckhead.