FOLEY, Ala. (WALA) – Since her daughter, Jaden, is too young to start school, Criss Drummond decided to take her to the Foley Kids Park. It’s a place, along with the other parks across the city, that will soon have some added security.
“There’s just a lot of things kids don’t need to see and if somebody’s watching, people are less inclined to do that kind of thing,” Drummond said.
After noting a few cases of vandalism around the city such as at the Foley Railroad Museum and the Foley Sportsplex, the city decided some extra security would be a good thing.
“In this day and age, you don’t want to think that anything bad would ever happen in Foley, but there’s a lot of small towns that have had some strange things happen at their city hall and other government faculties, you know? So having some camera technology, I think, is prudent,” City Administrator Mike Thompson said.
The cameras will be connected through the city’s new fiber cable system and are being largely paid for by a federal COPS Technology grant. The total cost of the project is $479,707.12, $393,057.28 of which is coming from the grant.
“We’ve had the grant in place for a number of years, but we’ve just been working on how best to implement it. We felt like it was important to wait until we got our fiber network in place because it would make it easier for our connectivity,” Thompson said.
The camera system dubbed “Project Sky Guardian” will be installed in city parks and around government buildings. Drummond said she believes it’s a good addition to the city.
“Yeah, it’s definitely a good idea cause I used to have a lot of friends that were acting stupid at parks and now that I’m a mom, we definitely need some kind of security to watch that kind of thing,” Drummond said.
City officials said the installation will begin in early to mid-September.