Indiana County Implements Surveillance Camera Program

Indiana County Implements Surveillance Camera Program

Project Guardian is funded by money seized from drug dealers. Schalk believes the program will help deter criminals and prevent illicit activity in the county’s parks.

Harrison County in Indiana has added cameras to Hayswood Park in Corydon as part of the county’s Project Guardian program. The goal of the program—and cameras—is to prevent crime and catch those who commit it.

"Not just as a prosecutor but as a dad of three little kids, I understand the importance of having your kids be able to go to the park and not just enjoy their time but be safe with it," Harrison County, Indiana Prosecutor Otto Schalk told Wave 3 News.

According to Schalk, the idea for Project Guardian came about after two girls were murdered in Delphi, Indiana, in Feb. 2017. The police’s best clue in that case is a blurry photo of the man believed to be their killer.

“And certainly the tragedy that happened in Delphi two years ago, you know it really reminded us that there is evil in this world. And it also reminded us that a camera is only useful if it has a high resolution, it can capture with crystal clarity images,” Schalk said.

The cameras used in the program let the county monitor parks using WiFi, monitored by police. The cameras in Hayswood Park are the only ones installed so far, but the county plans to install cameras in all 13 county parks.

“And we do have several remote parks, some of them are small. So the camera systems will let us figure out when we have a problem occurring so we can notify the authorities,” said Larry Shickles, Harrison County Parks Board President.

Video recordings are stored in the cloud and deleted after a month. The footage can help in prosecuting criminals.

“When I have a high definition video of you with a needle in your arm, sitting next to a playground, it certainly makes proving it that much easier,” Schalk said.

Project Guardian is funded by money seized from drug dealers. Schalk believes the program will help deter criminals and prevent illicit activity in the county’s parks.

“It makes our families feel safe, it makes parents feel safe when they’re here with their kids,” Shickles said.

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