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Residents say they feel extra safe with new waterfront surveillance system

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LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) -- All eyes are on Waterfront Park this weekend as officials expect half a million people to go to Thunder Over Louisville.

At a press briefing Friday, Mayor Greg Fischer and law enforcement officials showed off the brand new bird's eye view of Waterfront Park.

"This gives us the opportunity from the emergency operations center to see things that are going on from an angle that we've never had before," said LMPD Police Chief Steve Conrad.

Conrad says the security system takes their ability to address issues at Thunder Over Louisville to a whole new level.

"We didn't have any of this 17 days ago. Our narcotics, technical unit, metro technology services and the vendors we work with literally made magic happen," he added.

The cameras are connected by a fiber network that was already in place, and they span from the Belle of Louisville past Tumbleweed.

"We decided where we placed these cameras would give us the greatest coverage," said LMPD Officer Brandon Lincoln.

"We made that commitment to the public and it was really important we kept that so, Ozzie, good job to you and your team," said Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer.

The cameras are high tech. They can zoom and spin and the color picture is very clear.

Thunder goer Melinda Hammond was happy to hear about the cameras.

"I think it's good. I mean, after what happened, it's good. They needed it. It gives everybody security so they know if something happens, they can go back and find out who it is," said Melinda Hammond, who says she plans to go to Thunder Over Louisville.

Others agree that after a mob of teens attacked at random just a few weeks ago -- that beefed up security can only help.

"I think it's good to have it because it will make people feel extra safe," Lawister Robinson, a Louisville native, told WDRB.

The cameras are only part of the safety plan. LMPD and other agencies will have more than 1,150 officers on the ground during Thunder.

"You'll see officer here, officer there so you won't have to worry about anything that's happening," said Robinson, who's confident Thunder Over Louisville will be a safe event.

The mayor says the live camera feeds will be monitored 24 hours a day by rotating shifts of Metro Corrections officers.

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