The Clarion-Ledger, 7/29/7

Seven weeks after Mayor Frank Melton touted a camera surveillance system as a crime-fighting tool, the system isn’t fully operating the way the mayor indicated it would.

The camera system, dubbed as the Technical Operations Center, was unveiled as part of Melton’s police strategies at a June 8 news conference. City personnel explained that the system could record at the push of a button.

But Police Chief Shirlene Anderson said last week the system can’t record. Melton said on Sunday that he had been under the impression that the system was capable of recording. He said the camera system had been “off my radar screen” until a Clarion-Ledger reporter asked him about it last week, and that he would take another look at it to see what improvements could be made.