KY High School Links Cameras to Police Cruisers
Bishop Brossart High School in Alexandria, KY last week launched a program that links security cameras on its campus to Alexandria Police Department cruisers. The system allows police access to the school's cameras in real time in their cruisers from any location.
At present, the deployment includes nine security cameras that can be viewed by police, all positioned in common areas (as opposed to classrooms or offices). Alexandria Police Chief Mike Ward told The Cincinnati Enquirer, "Our focus, when we talked about doing this, was a right to privacy. If the school puts a camera in an office or classroom, that is their business. We won't have access to that. There is a higher level of expectation of privacy in a classroom or office than in a common area. We are looking for the common areas."
The paper reported that the police department is looking to add seven more cameras at Brossart by the fall and to deploy a similar system at Campbell County Middle School, St. Mary's, and Campbell Ridge Elementary. The system, according to The Enquirer, did not cost the police anything; it used existing wireless systems in the police cruisers and at the school.
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