New Duluth Surveillance Cameras Extend Watch on Lakewalk

By KBJR News 1

August 16, 2012 Updated Aug 16, 2012 at 9:39 PM CDT

DULUTH, MN (Norhtland's NewsCenter) - More surveillance cameras are dotting Duluth's shoreline and intersections after another installment of them were placed around the city.

These latest camera's are covering more ground.

They are, for example a camera is now placed at the intersection of 1st Street and 1st Avenue East as well as more along the Lakewalk.

The first batch of cameras were meant to help secure Duluth's port and were put in place in 2011.

With the new batch of cameras recently installed, the city now has more than 30 surveillance cameras in total.

The Deputy Police Chief says the mere existence of the cameras helps to prevent crime but also allows officers to go back and view incidents taking place within view.

The locations of the cameras were chosen through talking with officers and other partners, like businesses.

The cameras are becoming more common in larger cities, as governments have fewer dollars to spend.

"It's one of the ways that public safety and government have to use technology to leverage our limited resources. With this second set of cameras that we have, we're continuing to expand from the center out and we're further north on the Lakewalk now," said Deputy Police Chief Robin Roeser.

The surveillance video is saved for 30 days and then deleted.

Not all the officers are trained to use the camera system, and there are special rules the department follows.

As of right now, the video is pulled up on a case-by-case basis on the department's computers.

However, the department has discussed having an officer monitor the cameras in real time during large events.

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