RCSO to use new camera system coming to Downtown Augusta

Wednesday, February 21st 2024, 8:48 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Ga. - More safety features are coming to the Garden City. The Richmond County Sheriff's Office is installing new tech downtown to help with enforcement and solving crimes.

“What we want to do is focus on the downtown area because it’s very populated on weekends, a lot of people travel, a lot of people go downtown to enjoy themselves and the entertainment part of it,” said Cpt. Danny Whitehead, Richmond County Sheriff's Office, "One of the goals of Sheriff Roundtree has been to take advantage of technology, we’ve done that the last couple of years and this is one of his next visions.”

That success led to this new investment.

"In 2023, we recovered over 100 stolen vehicles. Our Criminal Investigation Division was able to identify and arrest several individuals involved in violent crimes, including murder," said Cpt. Whitehead, "In the past, if we had a stolen vehicle, it could take weeks to get it recovered.”

Commissioner Jordan Johnson oversees Downtown Augusta. He believes the cameras are important not only for visitors, but for people living nearby.

"There’s this unfair notion that Augusta is not safe, and that’s just not true. Augusta is a fairly safe city. But, any measures that we can explore to make us even safer is always going to be a great thing,” said Commissioner Jordan Johnson, "Not only is downtown a place where people come to enjoy businesses and festivals and have a good meal, but people also call downtown home.”

Soon, the Sheriff’s Office will monitor the cameras from a new live crime center. But, they don’t plan to stop there.

"Ultimately, we want to maybe move that throughout the county and have some kind of county-wide system in place.” said Cpt. Whitehead.

The Sheriff's Office anticipates the new camera system being live in a few weeks. We’ll keep you updated on when it comes online.