Vail Looks To Add 24 Surveillance Cameras Before Hosting Worlds; Cite 'Boston'
The Town of Vail, Colo. is looking for 2014 budget approval to install at least 24 surveillance cameras in the Village and in Lionshead for use at special events such as the upcoming 2015 World Alpine Ski Champions, according to a report in the Vail Daily newspaper.
Vail Police Chief Craig Bettis told the Daily the request fills “a public safety need” as some events draws as many as 30,000 people to parts of the Village. The World Championships may draw as many as 150,000 during the course of the two-week event at Vail and Beaver Creek.
He said, “Boston was a game changer,” referring to the April 15 terror attack at the Boston Marathon. He said all cameras would overlook public spots so “there are no privacy issues.”
The cameras would only be monitored by humans in real time during big events, he said. Other times, they would be set to a wide angle view and town dispatchers could zoom in and move the cameras as emergency calls come in, such as a bar fight that spills out into the streets. They could then dispatch the appropriate number of officers.
The budget request is $124,000.