By Andrea Earnest | Sentinel Staff
At its Feb. 23 meeting, the Shorewood Village Board approved a proposal from Heritage Technology Solutions for camera surveillance systems at village hall and the police department.
The cameras at village hall would cost $10,863 and the police department would cost $20,570.80.
In a memo to the board, Chief of Police Aaron Klima wrote that there have been instances of “disgusting vandalism” in bathrooms at village hall. He added that the police department has experience building vandalism, damage to personal vehicles, and removal of lug nuts from police vehicles. There have also been batteries and domestic disturbances in the police department parking lot.
Additionally, village hall is available for public use without the benefit of adequate staff, and the police department is frequently unstaffed after hours, the memo stated.
Klima also mentioned that surveillance will help deter or identify perpetrators, and the police department property will also be advertised as a “safe exchange zone” for court ordered child custody exchanges, as well as Internet sale transactions.