LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) — The current state of police technology was presented by the Lexington Police Department, and council members had the chance to ask questions.
The police department presented the updates when it comes to flock cameras and traffic cameras, but a big announcement was the integration of technology called Fusus. This software allows residents to register their security cameras with Fusis, where requests for video evidence of crime can then be shared with the police department. This is voluntary.
Even though it’s not a requirement, council member Tanya Fogle had concerns regarding the privacy of residents in her district.
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“Folks in First District are really concerned with privacy. They’re really concerned. We know we need policing. We know that. I know that we have 20 cameras this in our community,” Fogle said.
Lexington Police Chief Lawrence Weathers also came to the presentation, reassuring the council members that this footage would only be viewed in emergency situations.
“We get information in that directs us to a certain area where a crime occurs or where there’s a public safety need. So we’re not just sitting here watching people. We’re going to be looking at that when there’s a need for us to look at it,” Weathers said.
While some council members have their concerns about the technology used, the consensus is that it could be useful for public safety. Data presented showed in Cobb County, Georgia, 62 homicides were solved because of tech like this.
The police department also emphasized the availability of maps for these cameras. That information can be found on the city website.