According to various news reports, local and state officials are getting increased access to video surveillance cameras at businesses in downtown Grand Rapids. WOODTV reports that a public-private partnership has been created to allow the city, county, and state access to the cameras via a closed-circuit network. The plan was reportedly in the works for three years but was implemented due to recent shootings in downtown.
The Grand Rapids Police Department will have the capability to view the cameras in real-time.
Additionally, the city is pursuing grants from the Department of Homeland Security to expand the system and purchase additional exquipment.