City moves forward on plan to help solve crimes

Asst. Chief Ricky Jefferson (Source: KAIT-TV)
Asst. Chief Ricky Jefferson (Source: KAIT-TV)

BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) - One Mississippi County community has found a new way to work on ways to prevent crime in the city.

And now, they're moving forward with a plan to solve crimes that do happen.

We first reported last fall that Blytheville was considering purchasing Sky Cops and now, they're planning to put those cameras throughout the city.

Assistant Police Chief Ricky Jefferson said the cameras will come in several phases.

The first set will be placed at entryways to the city, the second will be the main arteries that run throughout, and eventually down to neighborhoods.

Jefferson said because the cameras will record 24 hours a day, seven days a week, they'll be vital for the department.

"They'll be a very effective tool in helping us solve crimes," Jefferson said.

Jefferson said funding for the cameras will come from the safety tax passed by citizens last year.

But since the new justice complex is at the top of the priority list, the department likely won't order the cameras until after the groundbreaking of that building this summer.

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