Building on Project Green Light's success, Detroit introducing neighborhood smart camera program

Detroit is taking surveillance to a whole new level.

Building on the success of Project Green Light, now more than 40 groups are supporting another camera system initiative. This one however will offer assistance to the neighorhoods themselves.

"We believe we've had an effect on it," said James Jackson, Chair of the Jefferson Chalmers Citizens District Council. "Your customers are the ones who say you're doing good and some of our customers have said so."

Like the Chalmers Citizen District Council, the Detroit City Council have endorsed implementing intersection cameras. Mentioned by Mayor Mike Duggan during the State of the City address, the multi-million dollar neighborhood realtime intelligence program will be piloted by the Detroit Public Works Department.

"(For) the remainder of this year, there will be 29 cameras that will be installed as a pilot program and over the next two or three years, the goal is to have 400 cameras installed." said Ray Solomon of the Deptartment of Neighborhoods.

While DPW will be managing the camera network, if a crime is spotted in the feed of one of the surveillance videos, the department will offcer police assistance.

"if there is a crime committed, the police department will be able to go to Department of Public Works and ask to review that tape to help resolve the crime," said Solomon.

Unlike Project Green Light which was funded by the businesses that installed them, this network won't be paid for by the recipients benefitting from them. It's being funded through federal and other means.

Duggan wants the cameras hooked up to Project Green Light cameras by the end of 2020.