Collins Police Department to participate in Crime Camera Program.  Cameras will be used to monitor public streets 24/7
The City of Collins Police Department has received approval from the Collins City Board of Aldermen to proceed with participation in the NOLA National Crime Camera Program.  The City Aldermen voted unanimously this Tuesday, February 4, 2020, at their regular board meeting to place cameras in high-crime areas to deter or help solve crimes.
This program is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that works with individuals, associations and municipalities to place cost-subsidized High Definition Crime Cameras, Gunshot Detectors and License Plate Recognition Cameras in needed areas.
Project NOLA has helped significantly decrease violent crime by dramatically increasing police efficiency and community support.
The cameras will be placed on public streets and property in the City of Collins at the discretion of the Police Department.  The cameras will be monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  They can detect sounds, such as gunshots.
“We are hoping to be able to prevent crimes with the use of these cameras and to be able to more efficiently investigate criminal activity,” said Joey Ponder, Chief of Police of the Collins Police Department.  His plan is to have the cameras operational within the next few weeks.
Other cities participating in the program include Natchez and Hattiesburg.  Businesses and residents can participate in this program.  If you would like more information about the NOLA Program contact Chief Ponder at Collins Police Department at 601-765-6541.