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New Orleans still paying electric bill for cameras from junked program

Last Modified: Saturday, October 06, 2012 8:43 PM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The city of New Orleans has been paying $14 a month per crime camera for a total of 359 cameras that are still wired for electricity. Very few if any of the cameras are still working.

WWL-TV reported that Mayor Mitch Landrieu junked the camera program in 2010. It was started by Mayor Ray Nagin. Landrieu said the program was expensive, costing as much as $10 million over roughly seven years, with few results. Prosecutors made only a handful of cases, at best, with evidence taken from the cameras.

Since the program was ended by Landrieu, the cameras have since sat stagnant. No one monitored them. No one took them down. And no one turned off the electricity.

The city has paid more than $59,000 a year.

Posted By: Steve A On: 10/7/2012

Title: Camera Cost

Sounds so like someone should be fired......not only for the debacle of leaving the cameras on, but who in their right mind negotiated a price of $14 a month electric bill to operate each camera?

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