Saturday, October 07, 2006
Gov. M. Jodi Rell announced today that work will begin this month to install 16 security cameras at Westport’s Saugatuck Railroad Station.
“Our rail commuters deserve a safe and convenient ride on the train and the peace of mind of knowing that our stations are as secure as they can possibly be,” Rell said in a statement.
An announcement said in addition to Westport, Branford would receive four cameras for its Shoreline East station and New Haven 26 cameras for its Metro-North station.
Funding for the $250,000 project was obtained by the Department of Transportation through a grant from the Connecticut Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, Rell’s office said.
State officials have been conferring with Westport police on the project in recent weeks, said First Selectman Gordon Joseloff
“We welcome this initiative,” Joseloff said. “It is something we have been seeking for some time.”
Work activities will include installing security cameras and video recording equipment at the stations. Installation is expected to be completed by the end of November, an announcement said.
Adam Liegot, a spokesman for the governor, said the cameras for now will be “record only.” Any incidents that occur at the station can be reviewed by police.
“As the rollout progresses, the cameras will be connected to DOT’s cyber network,” he said, enabling State Police officials to monitor them at their Bridgeport troop.
Then, the next step will be to get local police departments connected to the cyber network so they can monitor the stations as well, he said.
“Governor Rell knows how important this issue is for not only Westport residents but for commuters across Connecticut,” Liegot said.
“She wants to see these improvements made as soon as possible and she will be closely watching the progess.”
He added that Rell wants Connecticut’s security network to be a model for the rest of the country.
“She wants communication between state and local officials to be the best it can be and she will settle for nothing less,” Liegot said.
ADT Security Services, Inc. has been awarded the contract to design and install the security cameras, according to the governor’s office.
Funding will be provided under the 2004 Urban Area Security Initiative grant.
Posted 10/07/06 at 04:01 PM
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