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Pittsburgh spends $1 million on cameras

on May 01, 2013 10:30 AM

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh City Council voted Tuesday to spend $1.1 million on surveillance cameras and gunshot detectors for a crime-ridden neighborhood.

Council members voted to use money from the 2014 capital budget to fund the purchase of about 60 cameras and 45 gunshot sensors for the Homewood area.

Councilman Ricky Burgess said that Homewood is chronically plagued by murder and gun assaults, but Councilman Patrick Dowd said the money should be used to hire more police officers.

The vote was 7-2 in favor of the new plan.

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