A public watchdog is blasting the Fargo Police Department's plan to put crime surveillance cameras around businesses on NP Avenue in downtown Fargo.
FARGO - A public watchdog is blasting the Fargo Police Department's plan to put crime surveillance cameras around businesses on NP Avenue in downtown Fargo.
Anthony Gehrig, who ran unsuccessfully for city commission in June, frequently speaks out on what he views as wasteful spending by the city.
In a letter to commissioners Gehrig doesn't believe the cameras will deter vandalism. And he says the $9,000 expense amounts to nothing more than taxpayer supported security. In fact, he questions why the camera's are needed at all because he says downtown is fairly safe.
Police say Gehrig has not done his homework; police say downtown crime is rising. Thru July property crimes are up 62 percent. Personal are crimes up 15 percent compared to last year.
Gehrig brought his concerns to commissioners Monday night. Police Chief Keith Ternes will also be there to respond.
(KFGO file photo)