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New Waterfront surveillance system unveiled to protect Thunder attendees

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad has issued a bold statement.

Conrad is guaranteeing that a new surveillance system will make Thunder Over Louisville a safe event, despite fears of violence after a mob of teenagers randomly assaulted people on March 22.

The new cameras are all over downtown Louisville and the Waterfront, spanning from the Belle of Louisville and down past Tumbleweed, to U of L's rowing center. The cameras provide a high-quality, full-color picture. Some of the cameras can swivel 360 degrees and are equipped with the ability to zoom in 30 yards while still maintaining a sharp picture.

"Metro Corrections has stepped up in a big way to allow us to begin monitoring these cameras, along with other cameras on the network, on a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week, 365 days a year basis," Conrad said. "We did not have that capability before…this gives us the opportunity to monitor these cameras."

The cameras are not equipped with sound or facial recognition technology.

There are 28 cameras total: five are on the Great Lawn, 10 are on the Big Four Bridge, while the others are scattered throughout Waterfront Park.

The only parking lot without cameras is the Purple Lot, where construction vehicles are currently being stored.

City officials gave the public a look a the new security cameras Friday afternoon.

After a gang of teens assaulted and robbed people in downtown Louisville on March 22, the city moved quickly to install 28 cameras and they are up and operational in time for this year's Thunder Over Louisville.

City leaders expect more than half-million people to attend this Saturday's fireworks and airshow, and public safety is the top priority.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer says the live camera feeds will be monitored 24 hours a day by rotating shifts of Metro Corrections officers.

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