A section of the Clarksville, IN Waterfront. (Source: Michael Williams, WAVE 3 News)
Barb Anderson (Source: Michael Williams, WAVE 3 News)
Scott Johnson (Source: Michael Williams, WAVE 3 News)
Chief Mark Palmer, Clarksville Police Dept. (Source: Michael Williams, WAVE 3 News)
Chief Tom Upton, Clarksville Fire Dept. (Source: Michael Williams, WAVE 3 News)
CLARKSVILLE, IN (WAVE) - Security changes are in store along the Ohio River in Clark County. The waterfront in Clarksville will soon boast high-tech cameras similar to those in place in Jeffersonville and Louisville. While the installation is still months away, patrons of Ashland Park applauded the effort.
"She picks the park," said Barb Anderson, a Jeffersonville grandmother.
Anderson and her granddaughter frequent the Clarksville park regularly. While Anderson said she has always felt safe, the opening of the Big Four and reopening of the Clark Memorial bridges have led to increased interest in the area.
"More traffic means more people and more people mean new people and you don't always know new people," said Anderson.
It is a concern Anderson and other park patrons will soon be able to worry about less.
"The Homeland Security Grant has definitely been a huge asset for us," said Scott Johnson, government resources coordinator for the Town of Clarksville, during a press conference at Ashland Park.
There Clarksville city leaders announced plans to install up to ten thermal-imaging, high-resolution cameras along the waterfront.
"We're looking at starting at the Interpretive Center and going all the way down to the, basically, the border of Jeffersonville," said Chief Mark Palmer of the Clarksville Police Department.
"The project is estimated to be a $240,000 investment," said Clarksville Redevelopment Director Nick Lawrence.
Turns out, the camera system would provide an investment in prevention and safety thanks to the cameras' thermal-imaging capabilities.
"If we do have an incident that occurs out here on the riverfront and it spills over into the water," began Clarksville Fire Chief Tom Upton, "it may give us an area to maybe search and maybe locate a drowning victim."
While the camera system is not expected to be installed until the first of the year, Anderson applauded the initiative.
"It's a nice thing to be able to know you're going to have somebody who can look at a camera and know that maybe you need to get some help out to an area quickly," said Anderson.
Once installed, the cameras will be monitored by Clarksville police.