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Lauderdale schools increase number of cameras

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The district paid over $300,000 for HD cameras. The district paid over $300,000 for HD cameras.
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FLORENCE, AL (WAFF) -

Students, and anyone else likely to visit schools in Lauderdale County, will likely find themselves in the eyes of a camera.

The school district paid about $330,000 for small, high-definition cameras that are inside and outside the system's 11 schools. The money came from local funds set aside for technology upgrades.  

Schools Superintendent Jennifer Gray said student and staff safety is the district's primary concern. "It's something you can't put a price on," Gray said. "This is a way to stay proactive and deter certain types of criminal activity."

The number of cameras increased from around 100 to nearly 450. They can also pick up images at night and will be programmed to send alerts to school officials if suspicious activity is seen after hours.

Gray said she plans to meet with the Lauderdale County Commission to see if the county can help the school system pay for a third schools resource officer.

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