Atlanta police get $1 million donation

Funds will pay for city camera system

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ATLANTA — Atlanta officials say a $1 million donation to the Atlanta Police Foundation will support a video command center.

Mayor Kasim Reed and Police Chief George Turner joined foundation president Dave Wilkinson in announcing the donation from the family of R. Charles Loudermilk Sr. The donation to the foundation’s “Public Safety First” campaign will fund the Operation Shield Video Integration Center.

To recognize the donation, the center will be renamed at an event Monday to the “Loudermilk Operation Shield Video Integration Center.”

The 24-hour command center patches in private and public sector cameras from around the city into one central hub monitored by police.

Currently, cameras owned by the City of Atlanta, Midtown Alliance, and other private partners are integrated. The goal is to have a network involving several thousand cameras.

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