WEBER COUNTY, Utah (ABC 4 News) - The Weber School District is preparing to install 1,000 cameras in all of its school buildings and linking a live feed from the cameras to one room in the Ogden Police Department. It's called the Real-Time Crime Center.
"I think it keeps us safer," said Chance Quintane.
The cameras will track students from Kindergarten through graduation in public areas of school buildings.
Sandy Ridge Junior High School student, Chance Quintane said, "It's going to help a lot because kids get picked on." ABC 4's Noah Bond replied, "Tell me about that." Quintane said, "You see a lot of kids getting picked on and they never get in trouble."
Not only can Real Time Crime Center play video of things like recent fights, crime and theft, but it can give police real time video of what's happening inside a building from an iPad outside.
The images would route through the RTCC in the Ogden Police Department. The system would be a valuable tool for police on the outside should there ever be a school threat unfolding inside.
Lesa Love's children attend Freemont High School and Rocky Mountain Junior High. "With the way society is today and the threats we're having in schools, cameras are an awesome idea," Love said.
The Weber School District says the camera system will cost $550,000. It continues to raise money for this project. You can donate by clicking on the attached link. The Weber School Foundation is matching up to $100,000 in donations.