The Meridian City Council has approved a pair of Mississippi Power proposals to add 50 total cameras across the city, including at two parks.

After hearing a presentation from Surveillance Specialist Mark David Howard at their June 30 work session, the council approved the plan Tuesday morning.

“This is the largest agreement that the company’s reached with a municipality since we began offering SiteView as a security service in 2019,” Howard said. “We worked with the city and the Meridian Police Department to determine their needs and provide a customized solution to their requests.”

There are currently 20 cameras deployed at three Meridian parks. The first proposal approved on Tuesday includes six fixed-dome cameras and two 360-degree cameras at Velma Young and James Chaney Parks.

The larger proposal includes more than 25 cameras with gunshot detection analytics, seven fixed-dome cameras and nine license plate recognition cameras that will be deployed across Meridian.

“Mayor Percy Bland, the City Council and leaders across the city are committed to improving the quality of life in Meridian,” Northern Division Manager Michael Harvey said. “The approval of this proposal will help make Meridian safer, which is important to our customers, our employees and the groups working to attract new business and industry to the area.”

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