By Janee Law
Northport Village officials approved a $5,000 donation at Tuesday night’s board meeting from a village resident that will be used for added security cameras throughout the village.
Northport Police Chief Bill Ricca said the purpose of the cameras is to help the department keep tabs on each corner of the village.
“It’s not something where we can physically watch every single monitor all the time,” Ricca said. “Butm if there’s any kind of hit and run car accident, someone’s property was destroyed or damaged, or something is stolen off the street, we can go back and look at the cameras to see what happened.”
The village resident, who requested to remain anonymous, made the donation to give back to the community and Northport Village Police Department, according to Ricca.
The funding will be used as part of a $15,000 project consisting of three phases covering Main Street and Woodbine Avenue. The first phase will be fully funded by the donation and add three cameras to a pole in the lower part of Main Street, Ricca said.
Work on the first phase by Northport-based TechPro Security Group has already begun, and is hoped to be completed and the cameras operational by the spring, Ricca said.
In 2016, TechPro installed several security camera in the village.
Ricca said funding from his operating budget will go towards the second phase of the project, which includes surveillance coverage up Main Street to School Street, and down Woodbine Avenue.
Cameras for the third phase, which hasn’t received funding yet, will run from School Street to the Northport firehouse.
The anonymous donor was “kind enough to jump start the program,” Ricca said, adding that the department appreciates the support. “It will get us going in putting cameras up Main Street, and hopefully that will continue either through another donation or through budgeting.”