Cameras installed at police department

April 1st, 2010    Author: Brett A. Roller    Filed Under: News

Would-be criminals beware, the Union Township Police Department is more secure than ever.

New security cameras that will cover the rear entrance to the police department and the front entrance to the service department will go online soon.

The idea for the cameras was brought forward by local resident Bill Shannon. The idea was presented after the January shooting at the Mt. Orab Police Department in which Mt. Orab resident George Ruby was killed after he shot an officer in the back.

The officer was saved by a bullet resistant vest but Shannon said surveillance cameras may have prevented the attack.

"A friend suggested the cameras after the ordeal in Mt. Orab," Shannon said. "I just want to make sure its safe when the officers leave and make sure the vehicles back there are protected."

Shannon donated the funds for the purchase of the cameras and service department director Matt Taylor installed the necessary wiring.

"Rather than it be something the trustees keep talking about each meeting but don't have the funds for, I just went ahead and paid for it so it's done," Shannon said.

Taylor said the cameras will be a huge benefit to officers, dispatchers, and other employees who may leave the department after dark. He said the system will be set up so someone leaving the department will be able to view the parking lot before they walk out the door.

Taylor announced at the March 25 township trustees meeting that his portion of the installation was complete and ready for final installation once the cameras arrive. The system is expected to be online very soon.

Another resident present at the meeting was John McGraw. McGraw asked the trustees for more notification when blasting was scheduled for a sewer project on Baldwin Road across Shayler Creek.

The Clermont County Sewer District is re-routing a sewer line and needs to blast in several areas to make room for the sewer pipe.

"I think it would be a good idea to get some kind of public notice up letting everyone know how often that's going to happen," McGraw said. "It's gone off twice so far and the whole house shakes. A lot of people didn't know what it was the first time."

Chairman of the Union Township Board of Trustees Tim Donnellon said there was notification posted on Baldwin Road but he was surprised to hear the blasting was noticeable further south off of Tealtown Road. Letters were also sent to residents within a certain radius of the work zone.

The project is expected to be completed by May of 2012 and about 16 more blasts are expected before completion.

Also at the meeting the trustees approved the annual appropriations for 2010.
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