Springs Police Chief Considers Downtown Cameras

POSTED: 12:28 AM MST Feb 29, 2012    UPDATED: 01:02 AM MST Feb 29, 2012 
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -

Colorado Springs Police Chief Pete Carey is considering a controversial plan to install 10 downtown cameras to help officers patrol the area.

Carey said he planned to install 10 cameras downtown, which would cost about $268,000. The cameras would then cost about $25,000 per year to maintain.

"We're limited in our resources downtown and other places," he said. "We've done a five-year study of disorder crime, persons crime and property crime in and around downtown and it is a busy area."

The police chief said the cameras would serve as a deterrent to prevent crime and help officers cover more ground.

"I don't take lightly a dollar that I spend at the police department," said Carey. "That's a lot of money. I do believe that it's worth trying in the downtown area and possibly in other areas of high crime."

KRDO NewsChannel 13 talked to some Colorado Springs taxpayers with mixed opinions. Some said they felt the cameras would be a good deterrent.

Others said if failed red light cameras are any indication, then the downtown cameras probably will not work.

City Council plans to discuss the cameras and make a decision on March 13.