EASTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – 22News spoke with the woman who donated $200 Dropcam Pro cameras to the Easthampton Police Department; she felt it was the right thing to do.
Janel Jorda, the owner and president of Web-tactics in Easthampton, said Detective Dennis Scribner saw an online-feed of a local intersection from a webcam Jorda has inside her store. Easthampton Police plan to test these two cameras by aiming them at two intersections, Cotage and Union Streets, and Payson and Williston Avenues.
Jorda said these cameras don’t infringe on the public’s privacy. She said, “No, I absolutely don’t think that there is any sort of privacy issue. Anything that happens in public is public. So there is no difference, and like I said, there are cameras in every city including Holyoke, which is a neighbor of ours. So no I don’t see a problem.”
She added that the Easthampton Police want to use these cameras to monitor busy intersections for potential accidents. The cameras can operate anywhere there is a Wi-Fi connection, and have very clear night vision.
There is no definitive date when these cameras will be installed.