Brookhaven Police Chief Gary Yandura said the department is working with local neighborhoods to gain access to video surveillance cameras as a way to curb crime.

Yandura announced the new initiative at the June 21 City Council meeting.

“The reason behind [the initiative] is to make it easier for our detectives to develop leads based on surveillance if an incident takes place,” said Officer Carlos Nino, spokesperson for BPD.

“This is still a work in progress so only one neighborhood has been kind enough to allow our IT guys access to it.  There is much more work to be done to get where Chief Yandura would like the program to be,” Nino said.

Councilmember Linley Jones sent out a notice of the project in her email newsletter and explained the cameras must be purchased and maintained by the neighborhoods and at no cost to the city.

“Neighborhoods may then choose to provide video access to the Brookhaven Police Department. Such community video sharing allows Brookhaven PD immediate access to security footage in the event of criminal activity,” Jones said in the newsletter.

The police department will not routinely monitor neighborhood security footage – the police department will only access the footage at the request of the neighborhood itself.

The Atlanta Police Department’s Operation Shield program gives the APD access to some 6,000 surveillance cameras throughout the city that are monitored from its Loudermilk Video Integration Center downtown. The cameras are owned by businesses and some neighborhoods who in turn allow the APD to access and monitor the cameras.

Recently, the Sandy Springs Police Department joined forces with APD to install some 20 Operation Shield cameras in the city limits.

For more information about the Brookhaven Police program, email Sgt. Justin Young at Justin.young@brookhavenga.gov or call him at 404-637-0616.