After approval by the Cleveland City Board of Aldermen, surveillance cameras have been ordered and will soon be on their way for installment throughout the city. Following the lead of many other municipalities across the nation–and in Bolivar County–the move was deemed as a necessary and an appropriate way to aid law enforcement apprehend criminals and to have visual documentation of any crimes committed. Such cameras are already in place in Merigold and Boyle. Cleveland should have 20 cameras installed within the next 30 to 60 days. “The aldermen thought this would be a positive thing for the city,” said Cleveland Police Chief, Buster Bingham. “We need to be proactive instead of reactive when it comes to crime–having these surveillance cameras in place will certainly aid us in being just that. The police department will be able to monitor the cameras and they’ll be distributed evenly and in ways that will best serve the community.” Bingham said citizens should feel good about these cameras being installed because they will serve as additional tools in keeping them safe and secure. “And, I need to stress that they will not be used to keep tabs on people or invade privacy; they are for crime-fighting and apprehension purposes only. Also, these are not car tag reader cameras such as other counties in the state have, although we will be looking at possibly putting those up in Cleveland at some point in the future.” Cleveland City Clerk, Dominique Green, said the cameras have been
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