A pilot program to deploy security cameras in public parks got its first public airing Monday when police unveiled it to the commission's cultural affairs committee.
Gwen Cherry Park in Liberty City and Goulds Park are the two parks slated for the cameras. However, conflict arose over the placement of the cameras.
Committee chair member Javier Souto wanted to know why the program would be piloted in those two parks with nothing in between.
"I can prove that there's been a lot of crime lately in that area and I'm not going to stay put," said Souto. "They cannot bamboozle me."
Some say tri-athletes who work out at Hobie Beach have also been targets of crime.
"I think Hobie Beach should be considered," said Frankie Ruiz of U.S. Road Sports. "The break-ins have been escalating in the last few months."
Police say the cameras will be installed in high-crime areas.
"We have had a increased presence in parks, which have included conducting roll calls in the parks -- in as may parks as we can within the district boundaries," said MDPD Assistant Director Randy Heller.
Police will be installing 450 cameras in parks county-wide.