Agassiz Park to get security cameras: Chief says it promotes safety for park visitors
CALUMET — Agassiz Park will have increased security in the form of surveillance cameras soon, according to Police Chief Keith Anderson.
The park and its pavilion, located downtown off Fourth Street, will be monitored by the cameras, Anderson said, to better provide public safety and security to people who want to enjoy the park.
Funding for the security system came from a $5,000 grant from the Michigan Township Participating Plan, a risk reduction grant offered through the village’s insurance company, Anderson said.
“I put in for the grant; $2,500 is our match,” said Anderson. “We were allowed to apply for up to $5,000. It did not state that there was a matching. It just stated they would support more in favor if there was a some type of cooperation from the entity applying for it, so we said $2,500 is our amount, so it’s a $7,500 total. That grant is through the insurance company to provide their exposure and our exposure to liability.”
Anderson said he has discussed Houghton’s security camera system with city officials, who said they are very satisfied with it.
“They have a lot of good things because of their camera system, and I think they’re a model city to some degree,” Anderson said. “I’ve talked with them, and they like where they’re at with it. Obviously, we’re going to do everything we can to try to be proactive in the 21st century. Not only just for deterrents of crime, but overall general public safety is just a benefit for this grant.”
The grant cannot be used to take the place of police services in any way, said Anderson.
“But it can support the village and mitigate our losses with police dealing with problems over at Agassiz Park, and that’s where they’re going to see people over there,” he said.
Security cameras will be installed in the pavilion area for the monitoring of the building, and the cameras will also monitor the entire park.
“Cameras are getting installed in the pavilion area of Agassiz Park,” Anderson said, “and there will be placards stating such, We will be saying that there is video surveillance.”
Anderson said the the goal is to provide much greater safety to the residents of Calumet, while at the same time taking a more proactive stance in using technology to aid the police in protecting the village.
The cameras will provide constant security in the park and will transmit video back to the police station for continual monitoring and recording.
“I think that will promote pubic safety on multiple levels, and will deter potential crimes. That’s the other side of the grant,” Anderson said. “We want to look at deterrents. Not always to catch people and slam people…but let’s try to stop it before it even happens.”