Martins Ferry Police are getting upgrades to a pivotal crime fighting tool.
On Wednesday, city council voted in favor of an equipment upgrade to the surveillance system at the city park. Recently, the system has failed a few times. Upgrades will also be made to the server.
Police Chief John McFarland said the upgrades are much-needed for the city, and they will be a huge help to the police department.
“I think it’s a big deterrent,” McFarland said. “Those kids in the basketball court or in the park know that those cameras are there, and know that if they do something wrong its going to be caught on film. We have had a lot less problems down there in recent years having the cameras there. So it’s a big help for us.”
Currently, there are six cameras placed throughout the park. The system has been in place for five years.
There is no word when the upgrade to the equipment is expected to happen.