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South Bend leaders use leftover pandemic relief money to help solve, prevent crimes

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City leaders in South Bend are using left over pandemic relief money to help business owners be able to help police solve crimes and prevent new one from happening.
On Thursday, Mayor James Mueller and Police Chief Scott Ruszkowski unveiled a new grant program that will help businesses who apply install new security cameras, lighting, and other crime prevention measures. It will also help businesses who already have security camera to be integrated in to the city’s Real-Time Crime Center.
“We’ve had the Real-Time Crime Center up and running since the beginning of the year,” said Mueller. “We have cameras integrated into it but, you know, there’s only so many things the Crime Center can do if we don’t have cameras where they need to be.”
Business owners could receive up to $5,000 as part of the program to cover expenses to facilitate the integration. The Real-Time Crime Center is a network of cameras city-wide that are monitored 24/7. The goal of the center is to increase police response time to where crime is happening.
Ruszkowski said that more businesses that can be on board with the center the better.
“They’ll be able to put that information out to officers that are in route there,” he said. “So, within 15 or 30 seconds, as opposed to 45 minutes at the shortest, an hour or maybe even the next day.”
The deadline for businesses to apply for the grant is Sept. 29.

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3 comments

🇺🇲 Adam September 2, 2023 at 12:42 am

Big brother watching human life when the new cameras are connected into a central database. This is why inflation is so high, because of all this grant money that was created out of thin air.

Somehow I don’t think these new measures will decrease crime entirely in the city limits.

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Thor September 3, 2023 at 6:03 am

Showing that the pandemic relief money had nothing to do with a pandemic.

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Charles U Farley September 5, 2023 at 9:22 am

Between CARES and ARP, Congress allocated nearly $4.7 TRILLION to COVID “relief”. People hailed that as a great thing, for some reason.

That spending was all money that was “borrowed”, driving inflation through the roof as the markets equalized and leaving the taxpayers with a HUGE debt and nothing to show for it.

The debt was $14k per American, so your family of four owes $56,000 for that COVID outlay.

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