City's SkyCop camera arrives Monday

Skycop cameras going up in Blytheville

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.

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