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Dubuque schools considering connecting cameras to city system

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Connecting cameras all over Dubuque.

911 dispatchers might soon have access to security cameras in the city's schools.  Dubuque County, the City of Dubuque and the Dubuque Community School District are discussing connecting their systems.

Nathan Gilmore, Dubuque County Information Technology Superintendent, said things are still in the early planning phase. "In this case with the schools, if there is a 911 call, officers are being dispatched, 911 could pull up school cameras," he said.

The purpose is to give officers on the scene, real time information. The Dubuque Police Department saying the system will help their officers better respond to certain situations.

The district proposed the idea. "When you look at some of the things that happened on the national scale, the events down in Parkland, also just any type of intruder situation into the building...I think its great for them to have a resource to see what's happening live in our facilities at that time," said Coby Culbertson,  Director of Technology.

According to those working on the project, the change won't be difficult because the county, city and district already use the same management system.

At the moment, there is no set date for when this could happen. There's also no estimated cost for the changes, at this time.

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