Coastal cameras to improve Clarksville security

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CLARKSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A southern Indiana community has received a federal grant to install security cameras along the Ohio River.

The News and Tribune reports that between seven and 10 cameras will be placed on turrets along the more than four-mile Clarksville coastline. They’ll keep watch over the Clark Memorial Bridge, Ashland Park, the Falls of the Ohio Interpretive Center, the McAlpine Locks and Dams and a railroad bridge.

Clarksville police will monitor the footage from the high-resolution, thermal-imaging cameras.

Police Chief Mark Palmer said the cameras, purchased with a $179,400 grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, will help his department provide more enhanced security to the town.

“People come through here at all hours of the day, and the ability of these cameras to provide night and daytime visibility for the police department on a 24-hour basis is going to be something that’s irreplaceable,” Palmer said.

The cameras will help the police department search for suspected security threats and sources of heat, including that generated by an electronic device. Police say they also will be useful in the response and recovery phase of accidents on the river.

“Ultimately, we just want to make sure that people are safe when they come down here, and that they’re able to enjoy what we have to offer within the town of Clarksville,” said Scott Johnson, the town’s government resources coordinator.

Town Council President Bob Polston said officials are pleased to have received the grant. The local redevelopment commission also is contributing $59,800 toward the cost.

“If it stops one vandalism, if it stops one major crime, it’s paid for itself, even through the federal government’s money,” Polston said. “So, we are ready to get it going.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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