NEW YORK – Suffolk County Legislator William R. Spencer, M.D. and Police Commissioner Timothy D. Sini gathered with civic leaders and community members at the intersection of Rockne Street and Broadway in Greenlawn on Monday to announce the implementation of a new Suffolk County Police Department initiative to install overt surveillance video cameras throughout the seven precincts. The 13 state-of-the-art cameras have been strategically placed in locations that are known to be problematic and is another tool that will help officers fight crime and better protect area residents.
“Our goal announcing this camera program today is to put criminals on notice: don’t come here,” stated Legislator Spencer. “This technology will help deter crime and assist our police officers in making our communities safer.”
The highly visible video cameras, marked with SCPD emblems, can be mounted and moved as needed within each precinct. Currently there are two overt cameras installed in the 2nd Precinct, one at the intersection of Rockne Street and Broadway in Greenlawn, and another on Lowndes Avenue and Tower Street in Huntington Station. Images from the full-color, full motion cameras that pan, tilt and zoom (PTZ) can be accessed remotely through a secured system by SCPD officials and precinct patrol officers via computer, sector car, or phone.
“We can take these cameras and we can move them wherever we want; and how are we going to determine where they go? Of course, based on crime statistics and based on community feedback,” said Commissioner Sini. “The message here is think twice before doing something illegal; think twice before doing something that erodes the quality of life for our residents, because we are watching.”
The equipment was purchased with $130,000 from a program funded by SCPD asset forfeiture resources, requiring no tax-dollars to be utilized. Officials are hopeful that the cameras used in conjunction with other crime fighting efforts will serve as a deterrent, in turn reducing criminal activity and bringing some peace to area residents. The local business owners within close proximity of the cameras welcomed the added security.
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