Selectmen Approve New Security Cameras at NCPD

Town officials on Tuesday approved a $9,205 contract with a Norwalk-based company to replace security cameras at the New Canaan Police Department.

The Board of Selectmen voted 2-0 in favor of the contract with Security Solutions.

The funds are to be paid of out this year’s approved capital budget, according to Police Capt. Andrew Walsh.

The department’s current video surveillance system is “over a decade old with grainy footage,” Walsh said during the selectmen’s regular meeting, held at Town Hall.

“We have a few blind spots around the building,” he said. Walsh was joined by Police Capt. John DiFederico in presenting to Selectmen Kit Devereaux and Nick Williams. First Selectman Kevin Moynihan was attending a funeral and absent for that reason, they said.

According to Walsh, NCPD wants to ensure it’s protecting the “ecommerce safe zone” established out front of the building, where resident may go to conduct online transactions safely, and the department is switching over its analog videos to digital.

“We started a project a couple of years ago in the booking area using Security Solutions,” he said “We are pretty happy with the results there. We are continuing the project with them—as you can see we want to install seven outside cameras and couple of inside cameras to cover blind spots as well as critical security areas in the building.”

Noting that discussions are underway to house the Board of Education on the third floor of the Police Department’s building, Williams asked whether the security cameras would “encompass anything above the first floor”?

Walsh responded that seven of the cameras would cover parking areas outside the police department with one in a downstairs hallway that “is not up to par.”

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