JC details new surveillance cameras

By Perry Russom

June 18, 2014 Updated Jun 18, 2014 at 5:20 PM EST

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Johnson City Police Chief Joseph Zikukski said the addition of three surveillance cameras are a smarter and more effective way to police with their decrease in manpower.

Mayor Greg Deemie said two of the surveillance cameras will be along Main Street. The other camera will be in Floral Park.

Police have the ability to watch the surveillance video live or view video recorded a week earlier.

"If a patrol officer goes by the park, for instance, on Floral Avenue, sees a lot of activity, he feels that looks suspicious to him, manpower permitting, we're then going to watch that footage live," said Zikuski. "We're going to bring someone into the station. They'll be directing patrols."

Johnson City is adding the same surveillance system that Binghamton has had for the past eight years.

The cameras can be attached to light or telephone poles and the officer operating the camera can swivel and zoom in.

As for the picture quality of the video, Zikuski said they can read the numbers on a car's license plate two blocks away.

"Not only will it be a deterrent that will be recorded, but at times, officers will be watching it live and we intend to make arrests for any illegal activity," said Zikuski.

Deemie said the parks are their top priority and they will be adding cameras in the village when needed.

Deemie added he expects the first round of cameras to be up and operating in about a month.