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15 cameras now watching downtown Albany

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Fifteen downtown Albany camera got their first test with the city's Fourth of July celebration and are now watching the area day and night.

The cameras are spread out from the Thronateeska Heritage Center to the Civic Center and from the River to Jackson Street. They're monitored from the 911 Center, but eventually the web based program can be monitored from individual computers.

During Saturday's Fourth of July celebration an APD officer was stationed in the 911 center to monitor the cameras, looking for potential trouble. Overnight the cameras can alert dispatchers to movement in specific areas.

"They do have the ability to let us know if large crowds are gathering, if there's a lot of movement, so things like that so, it sends out a tone to let us know and then of course we can get up and look," said Charlotte Floyd, Albany 911 Communications Manager.

Officials are still reviewing the system and say they may move some cameras if they need to be re-positioned.

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