The 29th arrondissement could be a pilot site for a new camera system that residents could monitor online, Ald. Chris Taliaferro said at his monthly ward meeting earlier this month.

The high-definition cameras could be installed anywhere in the department and possibly be connected to existing cameras, although they are different from the blue light cameras already present which are not regularly monitored by the police, the alderman said. .

The new cameras could track the number of cars moving down a street and be used to help determine needs, such as whether there should be crossing guards near any of the three Central Avenue elementary schools, Taliaferro said.

Residents could monitor the new cameras — which would be provided by a private company that Taliaferro did not identify — and dial 911 to notify police if they saw anything suspicious, he said.

“I hope this not only improves safety in the neighborhood, but also that the police will know where they are heading,” said Taliaferro, who is chairman of the Chicago City Council’s public safety committee.

“I think this is a wonderful opportunity to reduce crime in our neighborhood,” he said, noting that “camera systems reduce crime.” The alderman mentioned that one block in the neighborhood saw a drop in crime after the installation of cameras, paid for by some lawyers.

He said the private company he was talking to about a six-to-twelve-month pilot program was owned by a former FBI director and several former senior law enforcement officials. The city of Miami is also considering working with the company, Taliaferro said, and a major city in Mexico saw a major reduction in crime after the cameras were installed.

The alderman, an attorney who worked as a sergeant with the Chicago Police Department, said he wanted to make sure people’s rights weren’t violated and noted that he remained suspicious of the facial recognition technology.

The cost of the cameras — which can run into the tens of thousands of dollars per camera — would be covered by the company, Taliaferro said.

He noted that the 15th District was one of the few of the city’s 22 police districts to see a reduction in murders, shootings and carjackings in 2021, compared to the previous year.

Taliaferro said he asked the CPD in early January to provide him with all murders, carjackings and sexual assaults by neighborhood over the past two years.

In other news, the alderman announced that he plans to award microgrants of $20,000 each to five organizations, for a total of $100,000. He said the information will be “available for anyone to apply. … we certainly want to help five groups in the parish.

Bradly Johnson, director of external affairs for BUILD Chicago, said construction of the nonprofit’s new building at 5100 W. Harrison St. is expected to be complete by the end of October.

The state-of-the-art facility will include art and recording studios, a gym and a woodworking space, with a peace and justice center at the heart of the building. “The focus will be on educating and empowering our community,” he said.

“This will be a fantastic, much-needed project on the West Side of Chicago. … It will provide a great opportunity for mentoring, counseling and family activities.

The next monthly meeting of the 29th Ward will take place on Wednesday, February 16 on Zoom.

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