Downtown businesses are giving area law enforcement agencies greater access to private video surveillance feeds under a new push to increase real-time monitoring capabilities in Grand Rapids.
Jack Stewart, Kent County emergency management coordinator, said the Grand Rapids Police and Kent County Sheriffâ€™s departments are increasing access to the downtown surveillance apparatus under a new public-private partnership program.
The two agencies are tapping into private video feeds from existing cameras mounted on the exterior of private commercial buildings downtown, he said.
Previously, police would request video from private feeds during the course of a criminal investigation. Now, police will be able to monitor the feeds in real time from county and city dispatch centers.