Camera Surveillance Project Underway For Downtown Milledgeville

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Updated: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 09:20:47 EST

Downtown Milledgeville may be getting a surveillance makeover.

The Milledgeville Police Chief first proposed the idea to City Council four years ago, but now it's back.

The downtown area consists of Georgia College and State University, shops, restaurants and several bars.

Police say there are several benefits to the project and estimate it will cost at least 100-thousand dollars.

The system could be bought with Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax or SPLOST funds.

Officers would monitor the cameras from a central location, live streaming capabilities could produce a faster response time, and accident detection would be made easier.

These high-tech cameras could also be equipped with face recognition software that would help identify people involved in crimes.

GCSU students spend the majority of their downtime in the downtown area.

Some feel the side streets need more attention.

"I think that maybe along some of the side streets , walking off campus, towards the residential areas, it would be a better way to spend the money because I feel those are areas that are a little more dangerous," said, GCSU student, Jessica McQuain.

Although there isn't a great deal of crime in the downtown area, Police Chief Dray Swicord says he wants to keep it that way.

The Milledgeville Police Department hopes to have the camera surveillance project underway sometime next year.

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