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WPB meets with consultant, discusses surveillance cameras

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - West Palm Beach is living up to its promise to fix its surveillance cameras.

The city says in recent weeks they’ve met with police, the IT and Housing departments. City manager Jeff Green says they are in the process of determining where cameras are needed and what it'll take to put them there.

The current cameras lack good resolution and are not helping police the city says. Questions around the cameras surfaced when a man was murdered in May near Dunbar Village, but video from a nearby police surveillance camera was never recovered.

The city says police have submitted a list of 120 potential locations needing cameras. A consultant with HDR is taking a look at those and making of list of materials needed to make it possible.

The city says it is leaning towards a fiber system; this option has better camera resolution, but could be costly.

In the past the mayor has said she is willing to spend the money to make it work. This week the commission voted to spend $5.5 million on a new IT infrastructure.

Recommendations from the consultant and city manager will be taken to the city commission with a final price tag. The whole process could take six months.

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