Dallas Wants More Eyes in the Sky

Up to 600 cameras would watch high crime areas

By Omar Villafranca
|  Monday, Dec 10, 2012  |  Updated 7:13 PM CDT
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Next week Dallas city leaders will decide if they want to buy as many as 600 cameras add to the network of surveillance cameras monitoring high-crime areas of the city.

Omar Villafranca, NBC 5 News

Next week Dallas city leaders will decide if they want to buy as many as 600 cameras add to the network of surveillance cameras monitoring high-crime areas of the city.

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City leaders in Dallas want to buy more cameras to monitor crime-prone spots around the city.

The Dallas Police Department monitors roughly 100 cameras around the city, but the city council is mulling a proposal to add as many as 600 cameras.

According to one of the memorandums about the proposal, the cameras would be paid for with city money, confiscated money and private donations.

The cameras are already in use in Uptown, Fair Park, The Arts District and Jubilee Park.

Council member Pauline Medrano, Chair of the Public Safety Committee, said she supports the proposal.

A spokeswoman in council member Sheffie Kadane's office, the Vice Chair of the Public Safety Committee, said he had not made a decision on the proposal.

The council will vote on the proposal late this week.

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