CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) - Cedar Rapids police will use revenue from debt collections to put up security cameras at key areas around the city.
Police Chief Wayne Jerman identified Greene Square Park, Redmond Park and parts of downtown for the cameras. Jerman told the city council Tuesday that it identified those areas based on the number of people walking around in those areas.
The announcement comes after a fight in Greene Square Park earlier this month resulted in one man's death.
There have been two murders in the Redmond Park area in the last ten years.
One downtown business owner tells TV9 he was surprised, yet pleased to the area.
"There's definitely going to be more reliable witnesses by using the cameras," Jason Streit, owner of The Lost Cuban, said.
Police are also using the increased revenues to pay for half the cost of adding a school resource officer at Metro High School in Cedar Rapids.
Iowa City and Dubuque police have similar camera programs in their downtown areas. Dubuque's system is particularly intricate and police have credited it with helping catch several high-profile criminal suspects.