New camera in downtown Columbia

The nonprofit group Keep Columbia Safe donated almost three thousand dollars for a camera upgrade at the intersection of 10th and Cherry in Columbia.

By Shanley Reynolds

The two cameras currently located at the intersection are fixed, but the new camera will be able to pan, tilt and zoom, allowing the Columbia Police Department to see nearly two blocks in either direction.  Lieutenant Chris Kelley says the cameras are monitored live during peak crime hours, but have also proved helpful during investigations.

“In the playback mode, if we had a report of an assault out front of a certain bar or store," said Kelley, " we can then go back through that video and use that video as it was captured on the camera.  And it may have gotten a glimpse of the suspect walking away from the fight or the robbery.”

The camera upgrade will monitor the intersection and parking garage located at 10th and Cherry.