GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) — First responders in Grand Traverse County may soon have another tool to keep residents safe.
Emergency management is hoping to buy two mobile surveillance systems.
The surveillance systems could be used in multiple ways, from looking for a lost child to using the cameras in a hazardous materials incident, but the most common use will likely be at big events in places like the open space.
Emergency Management Coordinator Gregg Bird says Grand Traverse County doesn’t have anything with capabilities like this.
The two cameras are portable, and can be elevated 32 feet in the air in order to get a bird’s eye view.
He says most big cities have surveillance cameras mounted around for safety, and says in today’s climate with public attacks happening more often, it’s more important than ever to have these resources…
As a follow-up to this new story, the Grand Traverse County Commission approved the purchase of (2) MVS Systems on June 6th, 2018! Per Emergency Manager Director Gregg Bird “this project assists us in preventing terrorism and violent incidents by being able to conduct elevated, mobile surveillance during large attended events. Additionally, this project enables local law enforcement to conduct elevated mobile surveillance during any active investigation needing surveillance from a mobile and/or remote location. This project brings a capability to the county that hasn’t existed. It will also assist and strengthen our goal of preventing, responding to, and investigating acts of terrorism, violent acts, and other significant incidents/events. This system is patented by the manufacturer due to its design and is a sole source purchase due to no other systems like it on the market.”