D.C. Spending $5 Million To Increase Number Of Crime Cameras

November 26, 2019
Crime Camera

File Photo - Supersmario / Getty Images


D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser this week said the city will pay $5 million to fund an expansion of the police department’s crime cameras program. 

About 140 cameras will be added to the current network of 199 devices used in areas with a history of crime and violence, the city said. 

Footage is used during criminal investigations, large-scale events and inclement weather.

The first 15 new cameras will be installed in Wards 1, 5, 7 and 8.

“We know from past experiences: camera footage helps us hold criminals accountable and solve violent crimes,” Bowser said in a statement. “These new cameras, with higher resolution, more memory space, and the ability to shift their view towards the sounds of gunshots, will build on the success of our Private Security Camera Rebate Program and give us one more tool to keep our residents and neighborhoods safe.”

Follow @WPGC on Twitter and Instagram.

Related: Why Prince George's Students Will Get Free Dental, Vision Exams