Petersburg City Jail Annex to enhance security

By Nicole Bell - bio | email
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PETERSBURG, VA (WWBT) – A local jail is gearing up to enhance security. Petersburg City Jail Annex is slated to be outfitted with cameras that will cover nearly all areas of the facility.

They're perched in several main areas in and around the jail; out front, the laundry room, kitchen, and visitation area. Those four cameras only cover a portion of the facility, but that's about to change.

"We're anxious to improve security so we're adding additional cameras throughout the whole facility to enhance security here," said Petersburg City Jail Sheriff Vanessa Crawford.

City council appropriated some ten thousand dollars for about ten additional cameras for the Petersburg City Jail Annex.

"As you know funding for everything is an issue- so the money has become available and we're excited about the opportunity to enhance security here," Crawford said.

Sheriff Crawford says more cameras are needed to better protect inmates, deputies and the public.

"We want to be able to monitor the movement of the inmates, as well as, everything that goes on in the facility 24 hours. The cameras will be accompanied by a digital recorder as well," he said.

Once the new cameras are installed deputies will monitor what's captured from a control room. Dozens of non-violent offenders are housed at the facility. Right now, the sheriff is hoping to get the new cameras in place quickly.

"I would to have liked to have had them yesterday -- so as soon as possible," said Crawford.

Bids for the project have gone out.

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