FORT MYERS, Fla. -- $300,000 of your taxpayer dollars are going into the Fort Myers Police Department's newest tool to help cut down on crime.
The additional eyes in the sky are intended to combat crime and promote accountability in two of Fort Myers' most dangerous neighborhoods: Harlem Lakes and Habitat Village.
16 cameras are being placed throughout the Harlem Lakes neighborhood. This is part of newly sworn in police chief Derrick Diggs' initiative to cut down on the city's violence. "That program is going to spread...cameras are part of my technology initiative, and we're going to utilize cameras in various parts of the city that we think will help bring down crime," says Chief Diggs.
These cameras should be installed and operational by Friday.
Going forward, Chief Diggs wants more than just cameras in the sky, but body cameras on his officers as well. "We're also going to re-prioritize body cameras on our officers. It's very important they have body cameras."