City approves additional cameras for Kings

Published 6:23 pm Thursday, January 23, 2020

Residents in the Kings community will be getting some extra security.

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen Thursday approved spending some of the $1 million dedicated to Kings to purchase two portable cameras.

“We’re going to transfer money to put two more (camera) units in the Kings area, because of incidents and things that have happened,” Mayor George Flaggs Jr. said. “They will be a great asset to the Kings community.”

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He said he would notify members of the Kings Community Transformation Committee about the transfer.

The board’s decision comes in the wake of a Jan. 17 incident in which a 19-year-old teen was shot at the Kings Empowerment Center. No arrests have been made in the shooting.

Flaggs in July 2017 announced he was setting aside $1 million out of the city’s then $9.6 million capital improvements bond issue for improvements to the Kings community.

Since that announcement, some of the money has been used to help pay for a project to improve drainage in the Kings area, hire a consultant to develop the community, and improve lighting.

The mobile cameras are part of a citywide program approved by the board to install video cameras at various locations in the city, including Washington Street’s commercial area.

The police department presently has a mobile video camera that can be moved to different areas of the city and has been used during events in the downtown to improve security. 

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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