Shelby County Commissioners are close to working out a security camera plan for the entire county

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – You’ve heard the issue of security cameras for years with the Memphis City council. Now, Shelby County Commissioners are getting into the business.

The cameras are not hidden.

Heck, police and residents want you to see them, want you to think twice before committing a crime.

There are a lot of them. But some say they’re not in the right place.

Gilda Williams of Whitehaven is one of those people.

“The city has been putting them up where, for whatever reason,” she says, “… the minority community is not getting them. We have been without. And we now would like to get a piece of the pie.”

Many neighborhoods buy their own cameras.

Get ready for more.

Shelby Commissioner Ed Ford Junior held a couple of meetings in his district, wanting to hear what residents had to say. He was told they want cameras, even knowing that the cameras are not linked up to the Real Time Crime Center in Memphis. They just record whatever crime is happening.

That’s good enough for resident Bridget Bradley.

“We understand that it’s more a deterrent than anything else,” she said. “Yeah, we understand that.”

All these guys have to do now is figure out how to do it.

Shelby County consists of a more than just Memphis.

“We’ve got seven different cities inside Shelby County,” says Commission Chairman Mark Billingsley, “… and so we’ve got to work with jurisdictions. We have other areas that are currently Memphis but will be de-annexed and become Shelby County only. It’s more complicated than it appears.”

Commissioner Ed Ford, Junior says, for him, this plan is personal.

“I just want to make sure,” he says. “… one of the things I promised my constituents that would be done gets done. In fact, this is the number one priority. I’d like to go ahead and get this done.”

Ford is hoping the plan will be ready to discuss in two weeks.

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