Hi-Def Surveillance Cameras Expected to Come to Mpls.

Updated: 08/25/2014 9:03 PM
Created: 08/25/2014 4:31 PM
By: Brad Sattin

High definition could be on the way to police surveillance cameras in Minneapolis.

Despite the Minneapolis City Council Ways and Means Committee postponing a vote on Monday, the city is expected to sign a 10-year contract with Xcel Energy to install up to 110 cameras on power poles by 2018.

Police already utilize more than 200 cameras across the city, and nearly two dozen more are now being installed across North Minneapolis and near the University of Minnesota campus.

The Xcel Energy deal would add some new cameras and reposition other ones. The plan also includes high definition cameras, which are clearer and would better show faces and license plate information when police investigators review crime scene videos.

But privacy advocates say the improved technology is akin to spying.

If approved, the deal with Xcel Energy would cost the city $575,000 over 10 years.

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