Today, the NOPD and the New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation (NOPJF) announced a new initiative that aims to increase the number of private security cameras in crime hot spots across the city. Adopt-A-Block works with churches, businesses and homeowners to identify neighborhoods with limited or no access to security cameras and install security cameras for free or at a reduced rate. Installation areas are approved on a case-by-case basis by NOPD. Once approved, each project requires a block captain who serves as a liaison between the community and the police.
“There is no question that installing visible security cameras can immediately deter crime from happening in a neighborhood. In addition, when crime does happen, having surveillance video is an invaluable tool that helps police solve crime more quickly,” said NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison. “This innovative program allows us to team up with neighborhoods that need our support and provide them with the resources they need to help us keep them safe. Together, we will continue to work aggressively to make every neighborhood in New Orleans a safe neighborhood.”
“This project is a great example of the public/private community partnerships that are such an effective tool for fighting crime in our city,” said Melanie Talia, Executive Director of the New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation. “Devised by a citizen, implemented as a partnership between local organizations, community leaders and the NOPD, this is the sort of work that the NOPJF has been facilitating for twenty years. We invite anyone in the community interested in helping to make New Orleans a safer city to live, work, and visit to contact the NOPJF.”
Adopt-A-Block launched earlier this summer after the NOPJF received a donation from The Millennial Spirits of NOLA. Since then, 38 security cameras have been installed in neighborhoods in the NOPD Sixth District. NOPJF will continue to work with the NOPD to determine areas across in need of security cameras across the city.
Residents can request security cameras online at www.nopjf.org. Camera locations will be selected based on crime trends in each district.
Individuals and organizations interested in sponsoring the program can find donation information online at www.nopjf.org.
Adopt-A-Block expands SafeCamNOLA, a citywide project with 2,500 registered security cameras.
About SafeCam NOLA
Developed by the NOPJF, SafeCam NOLA is an online service that allows residents and business owners to register their security cameras with the New Orleans Police Department. SafeCam NOLA provides detectives with a centralized map of registered camera locations throughout the city. By registering with SafeCam NOLA, residents help expedite investigations and solve crime by quickly providing detectives with their contact information if an incident occurs in the vicinity of their property. Police do not have direct access to the cameras at any time and only request to access cameras after a crime happens.
The New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation (NOPJF) is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the people and processes of the criminal justice system in New Orleans, Louisiana. Founded in 1995, NOPJF played a decisive role in launching the reforms and policy innovations that helped New Orleans lead the nation in crime reduction in the late 1990’s. Today, NOPJF is working tirelessly with community groups, business leaders, criminal justice agencies, and City officials to break the cycle of violence and achieve dramatic, lasting improvements in public safety. www.nopjf.org