$10,000 Federal Grant Will Purchase Crime Camera For Liberal Police Dept.
KANSAS CITY, KAN. – The city of Liberal will receive a $10,574 grant from the Justice Department to purchase a crime camera, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.
An Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) for $10,313 will pay for the purchase of a surveillance camera package and server. The camera has the capability to monitor live situations and to record for later viewing. The goal will be to use the package in high crime areas in an attempt to reduce criminal activity.
The grant is provided by the Justice Department’s Office of Justice Programs. For more information about the grant, contact the Office of Justice Program’s Office of Communications at 202-307-0703.
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Don679 07/10/2012 3:37 PM
Ok, yes i understand that in public you
have no expectation of privacy and can
be filmed without permission. But
this.....this is way out of character
and out of line even for Liberal. As an
international traveler this reminds me
more of a CCTV system like in England in
the fact that it is a live picture. I
think the community-not just the
commission-should get a vote FIRST on
something like this. I am appalled they
would just role this out without a vote
from the community.
onebuck 07/11/2012 6:17 AM
Don you never seem to have anything
good to say when the police use the
legal tools available to them. A
question for you is if something were
to happen to an employee inside Loves,
would you argue for the police to use
the surveillance footage from inside
the store or against? Another question
is what is trying to prevent and solve
crime is out of line?
Don679 07/11/2012 9:33 AM
the scenario you proposed is completely
fine, and i would expect it to be used
if something happened, thats what they
are there for. But this is more similar
to a CCTV system used in England and
throughout Europe and it is completely
unacceptable in America and definitely
against our constitution. This is not
the same as a camera in/around loves.
This is he closest thing to CCTV that i
have seen in the US and we dont need
it. Heres an idea, stop writing useless
revenue generating tickets and star
patrolling the streets and sit at the
theater, not sit down at Shell, PATROL
and DONT WORRY about that supposed
illegal turn, someone is getting broken
Don679 07/11/2012 9:40 AM
edit: and NOT sit at the theater or
I also mus add that if i see this system
live anywhere in town, it will be taken
down, one way, or the other
onebuck 07/13/2012 8:36 AM
I have to dispel a couple of your
completely false statements. CCTV is
not unconstitutional. Every tool the
police have and use has been challenged
in court, and found not to violate the
US Constitution. Handcuffs, tazers,
flash bang grenades, dogs, radar,
planes, red light cameras, and CCTV have
been judged by the interpreters of the
law to be legal. End of story
Unacceptable? Are you kidding? They
are not in wide usage her in southwest
Kansas, but cameras are everywhere.
There is not an outcry against the
cameras. YOU and the people who agree
with you may not like it, but that does
not come close to society finding
cameras unacceptable. But why do you
advocate recording police in the
performance of their duties and ask for
those videos to be posted to your
watchdog page, but are against
criminals being recorded in the area
they commit crime? Because you want to
make money. So traffic laws are for
generating revenue? Than every law in
the land is for generating revenue.
They are all punishable by a fine.
Obamacare requires a fine if you dont
purchase health insurance. The purpose
of laws, including traffic laws are not
to generate revenue. Generating revenue
is a side effect rather than putting
people in jail for every violation of
law. But I guess your solution would be
to abolish traffic laws and have the
police just drive around neighborhoods.
Maybe have a cop walking on every street
to prevent crime. Or maybe a cheaper
way for Joe Taxpayer would be to have
cameras in high crime when the criminal
strikes after the patrol car has left
the area. The officers at the movie
theater are uniformed security employees
of the movie theater, paid by the movie
theater. But you are too quick to
criticize, especially if its against