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Milwaukee pilot program to install more police surveillance cameras

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - More of Milwaukee's business areas will have police surveillance cameras.

Officials announced a pilot program Friday to place cameras outside of business areas on the east, north, and southwest sides of Wisconsin's largest city.

About a quarter-million dollars in federal funds will cover half the cost. The rest will be funded by a local block grant, and $150,000 in money confiscated by police in criminal arrests.

Authorities are not sure how many cameras will be installed this year. Mayor Tom Barrett says he'd like to have surveillance in all parts of the city at some point.

Several dozen police cameras have been credited for reducing crime on Milwaukee's south side. Alderman Bob Donovan pushed that effort through.

Officials say they hope to attract enough funding to install 500 surveillance cameras throughout Milwaukee sometime down the road.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)