LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - It was images captured on surveillance cameras that helped police identify the two men believed to be responsible for the Boston Marathon bombings.
If a catastrophic event were to happen here in Lafayette, would the city have enough surveillance video to assist police?
Lafayette Police Chief Patrick Flannelly said yes.
"We have approximately 40 cameras throughout the Lafayette area," said Flannelly. "They're not all in one area, they're spread out throughout different locations."
Flannelly said cameras began being installed in the Lafayette area around 2006, and they're not cheap.
Flannelly said one camera costs about $1,600.
He said almost every year, new cameras are added to make sure Lafayette is the safest it can be.
"It's something that the city looks into and they constantly look to upgrade and add cameras here and there where it's feasible and cost effective," said Flannelly.
While Flannelly said the department trains for big events like the Boston Marathon bombing, he said it doesn't take a major event to put the cameras to good use.
"It can help us solve things as simple as traffic crashes, where maybe there's disputed information," said Flannelly. "Maybe we get a license plate number on a vehicle from a hit and run accident or something like that."
While he said some people in Lafayette aren't always the biggest fans of the electronic devices lingering throughout town, Flannelly said he always will be.
"There's great concerns, you know, the big brother concern, 'hey, the police and the government are always watching us,'" said Flannelly. "I suppose that's true if you're in a public place where the cameras are, but, the safety benefits we get from it really are a benefit to all of us."
Flannelly said he wants to ensure residents the video obtained from the cameras is not the determining factor when it comes to cases. He said they simply use it to aid in their investigation.
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