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No ‘Big Brother’ for Palestine?


No ‘Big Brother’ for Palestine?

By Teresa Holloway

Messenger Reporter

PALESTINE – Palestine Chief of Police and Interim City Manager Mike Alexander released news Aug. 11 regarding the potential to have cameras strategically installed in the city.

According to the press release of Aug. 11, Alexander decided not to move forward with the project.

The news came after meetings by the city council and officials earlier this week. Texas Compliance Solutions (TCS), the company with whom a potential contract was considered, was informed of the city’s decision on Thursday.

In the Aug. 8 city council meeting, representatives from TCS explained the system.

The company places and maintains cameras in strategic locations inside the city. By monitoring photos taken by those cameras and comparing vehicle license plates with various government agency sources, TCS can determine which vehicles are properly insured and which are not.

“After much consideration and advice from legal counsel, we have made the decision not to move forward with the program at this time,” Alexander said. “The program is new and we are not sure it is a good fit for the City of Palestine.”