A debate is heating up in Colorado Springs regarding the proposal to install
10 video surveillance cameras in downtown Colorado Springs. The City Council
heard both sides of the debate last Tuesday during a lively public hearing
where more than 20 people spoke on this controversial proposal.
The idea for installing surveillance cameras originated with the Mayor's
Downtown Solutions Team, a group that was formed to come up with ideas
for increasing business and traffic through downtown Colorado Springs.
What is the concern about surveillance cameras?
The head spokesperson for the Downtown Solutions Team said that Colorado
Springs is losing a lot of downtown business because citizens are concerns
about safety and security. The team and the Police agree that surveillance
cameras could help reduce the crime and quality of life issues that may
cause people to avoid downtown. Opponents of this proposal state that
events and activities downtown, and not surveillance cameras, would deter crime.
The City Council will continue to work with city staff to determine if
the proposal will be ready to be formally presented and voted on within
two weeks. In the meantime, the debate still rages. The Police are likely
to step up their efforts in pursuing criminal activity throughout Colorado
Springs, and more individuals may be charged with criminal offenses as
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