Chicopee surveillance cameras up and running downtown

Police have already used them to help solve crimes

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – 11 new surveillance cameras are officially up and running in and around Chicopee Center.

Chicopee Police Officer Mike Wilk took 22News behind the scenes Friday, to show us how the cameras live feed back to the police station. Each camera has 4 different angles that officers can view in a grid on one screen. Then, each shot can be taken full screen on a separate TV for a closer look.

Wilk told 22News these cameras have already come in handy. “Our officers have already used them. They’ve gone back and reviewed footage of car accidents, assault and battery, different types of crimes,” Wilk said. “The response has been great and people just feel better that they’re there.”

The cameras are part of a $700,000 public safety initiative. The cameras cost $200,000. The remaining $500,000 will stay in reserve for any additional cameras, police overtime or any extra equipment needed to protect the streets.

These safety improvements are funded through taxpayer dollars. However back in October, City Councilor Shane Brooks argued residents would actually be paying less in residential taxes this year, so they wouldn’t feel the burden.

Officer Wilk also told 22News a police sub station is slated to open in Chicopee Center the first week of June. It’ll be located at the Chicopee Chamber of Commerce building on Exchange Street.

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