Jewish community to run Brooklyn state-funded security program
The $1 million program will place 150 security cameras in Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods; goal is for volunteers to view tapes before N.Y. police.
A $1 million state-funded program that will place 150 security cameras in Orthodox Jewish Brooklyn neighborhoods will be run by community volunteers and not by the police.
The Leiby Kletzky Security Initiative, named after the 8-year-old Brooklyn boy who was kidnapped and murdered last year, will position high-tech security cameras near schools, synagogues and street corners in Boro Park, Flatbush and Midwood.
Volunteers, who may wind up being members of the Orthodox Shomrim security patrol, will review the recordings and report suspicious activity to the police.
Dov Hikind, a New York State assemblyman who pushed for the program, said in an interview that the goal was not to allow the volunteers to view the tapes before the New York City Police Department does so.