State Grant Provides Security System For Public Transportation
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Police in Arvin will be getting some help in fighting crime thanks to new security cameras installed in city buses and bus stops.
“We received approval of a grant for almost a half-million dollars to improve our transit security system,” said Mike Kunz, development associate for the city of Arvin.
The $456,428 was provided by the California Transit Security Grant Program.
Kunz said that money was used for the first phase of the project to buy cameras and software as well as install it.
The system, which will transmit real-time video to the police dispatch room and police cars, has already been installed in two city buses. Kunz said four more busses will receive the equipment next week.
Not only will the cameras capture any accidents on the street; Kunz said they will provide more security for the people who ride the bus as well as the bus drivers.
The cameras will not be limited to city buses. Kunz said eventually the systems will also be placed on streets known for high amounts of crime.
“We can put cameras in those areas to help protect the people who live in that area,” said Kunz.
The city hopes the eye in the sky will help cut down on violence, vandalism and graffiti.
“Residents will be able to call up the dispatcher and say, ‘I see a disturbance over on this corner,’ and the dispatcher will be able to access a camera that will see what that disturbance is and therefore provide services more effectively to take care what that disturbance is,” Kunz said.
While there are only a few systems currently in place, Kunz said the plan is to have the whole city integrated with a communications and video system that will provide security to all the citizens of Arvin.