The equipment costs are expected to be absorbed in a capital improvement plan that will include at least $150,000 for the cameras, cruisers, and license plate readers.
Ward 6 City Councilor Neil C. Kinnon, who keeps a close tally of crime rates in the city, said that while overall daily incidents are declining, robberies, aggravated assaults, and weapon confiscations are up. Kinnon, who remains critical of the Christenson budget passed in June, praised the mayor’s response to the recent violence and pledged his support to the anticrime plan.
“It’s not time to panic. It is disturbing, but some people would have you say the sky is falling,” Kinnon said. “Do we need to take action? We absolutely need to take action. But I think the mayor has outlined, from what I see, a good plan.”
Matt Byrne can be reached at email@example.com.