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Waterloo Police Chief asks city to explore cameras to combat crime

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Police Chief Dan Trelka asking the city council to consider installing cameras to help fight crime.

This is not a new idea in the area, Dubuque has had success solving crimes with the help of hundreds of city cameras.

Investigations of shootings, vandalism, theft, and even traffic accidents; Chief Trelka telling the Public Safety committee these investigations could be helped by the use of city cameras.

 "Most of our shooters in our cities throughout Iowa are in cars, so they will typically track them to and from the shooting, obtain license plate numbers, and descriptions of the cars," said Chief Trelka to the committee.

This includes the recent murder in Waterloo where a 21-year-old man was gunned down from a moving car.

"Cameras actually need to be in the neighborhoods where the most problems are. You are not going to solve anything by putting a camera at an intersection when there is a neighborhood where people actually live and they are living in fear because somebody is shooting all the time," said Reverend Edward Loggins who is in support of cameras throughout the city.

With more than 200 cameras already in place at intersections like Ansborough Ave. and University Ave. and only slight modification needed, Trelka suggests the city starts there.

City Council is also currently working on an ordinance to update and expand security camera requirements for area businesses. Another push by Waterloo police to help combat crime.

 "These cameras provide fantastic evidence to lead to probable cause and ultimately beyond reasonable doubt for a criminal conviction," said Chief Trelka.

But city officials are treading lightly when it comes to city cameras. The council concerned with possible violations the American Civil Liberties Union  or ACLU might fight.

  "I'd love to see someone from the ACLU move into these neighborhoods where the shootings are and then tell me about privacy. That is if you live long enough to get out of the neighborhood," said Reverend Loggins.

  The big question, how much will these cameras cost the city?

  City Council looking to set up a task force to explore the options and costs of cameras.

  Mayor Hart saying he supports the idea, but the cameras are just one part of many needed to decrease Waterloo's crime rate.

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