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Board approves police cameras, outdoor security cameras


The Germantown Board of Mayor and Aldermen has approved the purchase of three in-car video systems for the city’s police department and five additional outdoor security cameras for City Hall.
The in-car video systems will be purchased for $13,785 and would “enhance the ability of the department to review probable cause of arrest, arrest procedures, evaluate officer performance, identify training needs and substantiate of exonerate officers accused of inappropriate conduct.”
The outdoor security cameras will cost $10,501 and be used to monitor the outside of the police and fire department parking lots and the front of City Hall.
“The need for additional security cameras was brought forward to monitor the unsecured parking lots where police and fire vehicles are parked,” said Patrick Lawton, city administrator. “The cameras will also help monitor the front of City Hall on court nights for the safety of court personnel and citizens attending court.”
The initial costs for equipment and installation will be paid out of the Federal Drug fund account.
In other news:
• Board members approved the purchase of seven scoreboards for the Bob Hailey Athletic Complex.
The city will enter into a contract with Pyramid Sign and Awning of Memphis to provide seven scoreboards for $63,236.80.
The city purchased 18 wireless scoreboards in 2003. However, in the past five years, the annual upkeep on the scoreboards has increased significantly, with the equipment often failing during games.
Eight scoreboards were replaced in 2013 at Cameron Brown and Houston Levee Park. The scoreboards are guaranteed for five years.
• Board members approved a development agreement for an additional 5,418-square foot, one-story building at the Shops of Saddle Creek on the northeast corner of Poplar Ave. and West Farmington Blvd.

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