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Police unveil surveillance trailers

In a matter of moments, officials with the Vicksburg Police Department could have eyes on an event, high-crime or other area of interest thanks to new surveillance systems.

The department recently purchased two mobile camera trailers that provide live footage to officials at the Vicksburg Police Department and City Hall through the use of elevated cameras that provide 360-degree views.

“These can be deployed for days at a time in areas of interest,” Vicksburg Police Chief Milton Moore said. “These are a very effective tool in covering events, such as parades, football games and also observing high-crime areas in the city.”

Moore said the department has already used the technology in providing support of recent graduation ceremonies at the Vicksburg Convention Center.

The cost of the two trailers was $48,000, Moore said, and was included in this year’s budget.

The trailers are primarily powered by solar energy, but have batteries as well. That gives the department the ability to stage the trailers in an area for an extended period of time.

“These are going to be a deterrent to crime in some areas,” Moore said. “They are well-lit and have our police badge and design on them. You cannot miss these.”

In addition to a live video connection, the trailers provide high-definition recording capabilities around the clock.

Moore said officials with the department received training on the equipment and are ready to deploy the trailers when needed.

About Tim Reeves

Tim Reeves, and his wife Stephanie, are the parents of three children, Sarah Cameron, Clayton and Fin, who all attend school in the Vicksburg Warren School District. The family are members of First Baptist Church Vicksburg. Tim is involved in a number of civic and volunteer organizations including the United Way of West Central Mississippi and serves on the City of Vicksburg's Riverfront Redevelopment Committee.

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