Sheriff proposes adding 32 surveillance cameras and 6 deputies downtown
Richmond County Sheriff Richard
Roundtree is proposing a new Downtown Safety Enhancement Program that would
increase the number of deputies patrolling downtown from three to nine.
Roundtree also hopes to install 32
security cameras along Broad Street and the Riverwalk.
"I would feel safer," said
Tiffany Justice who walks downtown nearly every day.
But before Roundtree installs
surveillance cameras and increases the number of downtown deputies, property
owners will have to buy into the proposal.
"Ultimately they will be paying
the price for it. They will be footing the bill," Roundtree, said.
But Roundtree doesn't think that will
be a problem because it's the same bill they've been paying through the
Business Improvement District for the CADI Program for the past five years.
He says since CADI's out of the
picture, if the majority of property owners agree to proposal, they would tax
themselves the same amount they did for CADI. That would pay for the six additional
deputies and their bikes and patrol cars.
"We think this is going to
enhance safety downtown for 5, 10, 20 years to come," said Roundtree.
Roundtree says the Commission will
identify how to pay about $350,000 for 32 security cameras. He says they'll
also ask property owners if they want to chip in $2,000 for a camera for their
"Two thousand dollars for some
may seem like a large investment, but when you're thinking about the safety and
security of your family and of the city it's relatively small," Roundtree,
Justice says she doesn't know if that
will be an easy sell.
"Businesses down here aren't doing very well. But
then again, it could be good because if people know that business has invested
in security cameras or they have security floating around it could bring people
The Public Safety Committee endorsed the proposal Monday
but it still needs approval from the full Commission as well as 51% of downtown
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