City's SkyCop camera arrives Monday - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

City's SkyCop camera arrives Monday

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

A plan that’s been over a year in the making is seeing big progress.

The city of Blytheville has tested, researched, and approved buying SkyCop cameras.

And now one is almost in.

It’s the first phase of the project. The mobile SkyCop unit will be in Blytheville on Monday, July 16.

We first reported last fall that the city was researching and even testing out a SkyCop camera.

It can record 24 hours a day, seven days a week, making it vital to the police department.

After having the opportunity to demo a SkyCop last year, the city has been planning to get cameras of their own.

And on Monday, the first one comes in.

“It’s going to be used all over town and you’ll see it in a lot of places,” Assistant Chief Ricky Jefferson said. “This is the mobile unit, the most expensive one in the package deal so we got it first and in the future, we’ll get the pole cams set up.”

Jefferson said the mobile unit was about $50,000.

And the money to pay for the project comes straight from the safety tax that citizens passed last year.

Copyright 2018 KAIT. All rights reserved.

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • Tractors, trailers, combines lined up for annual farm toy show

    Tractors, trailers, combines lined up for annual farm toy show

    Friday, July 20 2018 8:55 PM EDT2018-07-21 00:55:41 GMT
    Friday, July 20 2018 10:08 PM EDT2018-07-21 02:08:05 GMT
    Vendors set up for annual farm toy show. (Source: KAIT-TV)Vendors set up for annual farm toy show. (Source: KAIT-TV)
    Vendors set up for annual farm toy show. (Source: KAIT-TV)Vendors set up for annual farm toy show. (Source: KAIT-TV)

    It's the 29th annual Northeast Arkansas Farm Toy Show in Jonesboro for the weekend.

    It's the 29th annual Northeast Arkansas Farm Toy Show in Jonesboro for the weekend.

  • Blytheville council member reports robbery at park

    Blytheville council member reports robbery at park

    Friday, July 20 2018 9:32 PM EDT2018-07-21 01:32:32 GMT
    Friday, July 20 2018 10:00 PM EDT2018-07-21 02:00:17 GMT
    Blytheville Police Department (Source: Blytheville Police Department Facebook page)Blytheville Police Department (Source: Blytheville Police Department Facebook page)
    Blytheville Police Department (Source: Blytheville Police Department Facebook page)Blytheville Police Department (Source: Blytheville Police Department Facebook page)

    A Blytheville city council member told police this week that someone robbed him at a city park as police continue to search for the suspects in the case. 

    A Blytheville city council member told police this week that someone robbed him at a city park as police continue to search for the suspects in the case. 

  • Family: 2 victims killed in Branson duck boat accident from Osceola

    Family: 2 victims killed in Branson duck boat accident from Osceola

    Thursday, July 19 2018 9:19 PM EDT2018-07-20 01:19:53 GMT
    Friday, July 20 2018 9:25 PM EDT2018-07-21 01:25:56 GMT
    An accident involving an amphibious boat was reported Thursday night at Table Rock Lake near Branson, Missouri. (Source: KY3 via Mandi Rogers)An accident involving an amphibious boat was reported Thursday night at Table Rock Lake near Branson, Missouri. (Source: KY3 via Mandi Rogers)
    An accident involving an amphibious boat was reported Thursday night at Table Rock Lake near Branson, Missouri. (Source: KY3 via Mandi Rogers)An accident involving an amphibious boat was reported Thursday night at Table Rock Lake near Branson, Missouri. (Source: KY3 via Mandi Rogers)

    Authorities say divers found six bodies Friday morning, bringing the death toll to 17, according to St. Louis television station KMOV.

    Authorities say divers found six bodies Friday morning, bringing the death toll to 17, according to St. Louis television station KMOV.

Powered by Frankly