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Published August 20, 2012, 09:46 PM

Some people not happy about downtown surveillance cameras

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Several people are not happy with the city putting up three surveillance cameras in downtown Fargo but police are going to move forward anyway.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Several people are not happy with the city putting up three surveillance cameras in downtown Fargo but police are going to move forward anyway.

The three cameras are scheduled to be put up sometime soon near the intersection of Broadway and NP Avenue.

Multiple people spoke at tonight's city commission meeting against the project. Some said it violated their right to privacy while others said the taxpayers shouldn't have to pay for the cameras.

The cameras will cost about $9,000 dollars.

Police Chief Keith Ternes says it is a proven tool and much cheaper than adding more officers downtown.

Anthony Gehrig, against cameras: “Anywhere you have large groups of people drinking, you will find troublemakers, and these cameras will do nothing to deter that.”

Keith Ternes, Fargo Police Chief: “It is nothing more than a tool, one that is used quite widely throughout the country in terms of assisting law enforcement in reducing and minimizing crime and providing additional security for communities.”

The effectiveness of the cameras will be reviewed and brought back before the city commission in 3 to 6 months.

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