Lexington police preparing to participate in camera pilot project
A pilot law enforcement project in Lexington focuses on the installation of 25 license plate reader cameras around town. If given final approval, cameras could be positioned on poles in right of ways early next year. Assistant Police Chief Eric Lowe said they wouldn’t be used to try to observe criminal activity as it happens. “We will be looking at where crime is happening in Lexington with the understanding that these cameras will be placed throughout Fayette County and not concentrated in one particular area,” said Lowe.
Lowe noted studies have shown vehicles are associated with as much as 70% of crimes. He added cameras can help to track vehicles leaving a crime scene. Council Member James Brown sees benefits in the pilot. “I know there is a lot of conversation about potentially misusing the video footage and that sort of thing and I think this is an opportunity to help with some cases where we’re not getting help from the public and do some investigating,” said Brown.
The cost of the cameras for the pilot study is being covered by the company providing body camera services for police.