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Bloomington PD To Install Cameras, Increase Patrols Downtown

Hamilton and Diekhoff

The city of Bloomington is taking steps to increase safety downtown after a spike in reports of panhandling and crime in the area.

Panhandling is legal in many areas of the city between sunrise and sunset, but Mayor John Hamilton says some of the people asking for help are becoming increasingly aggressive.

"I have parks employees who feel the need for police support as they go about their work in some downtown parks," Hamilton says.

To help address the issues, the police department will install six cameras as part of a pilot program – three along the north end of the B-line trail, one south of Kroger on the B-Line, as well as in Seminary Square and Peoples Park.

"I have parks employees who feel the need for police support as they go about their work in some downtown parks."

Chief Mike Diekhoff says he hopes their presence will help deter and solve crimes.

"We are aware that there are complaints of drug dealing, we’re aware of people hiding alcohol," Diekhoff says. "Our hope is that when we have cameras we can see where they’re hiding stuff and we can just send officers in to get it."

The department is still trying to determine the best type of cameras to use and isn't sure how much the pilot program will cost. They'll also increase the presence of officers downtown.

Hamilton also announced the creation of a Downtown Safety And Civility Dialogue and Deliberation Project that will gather information and interview stakeholders about issues downtown, with the goal of presenting recommendations to the mayor by the end of the year.

But, Hamilton acknowledges the increase in panhandling and violence are indicative of bigger problems. He says poverty and substance abuse continue to be challenges for many people in the community.

"We have dramatic evidence of greater use and abuse of illegal drugs – from discarded needles, to overdoses, to serious behavioral problems," he says.

In order to address those underlying issues, the city of Bloomington is launching a public awareness campaign to encourage residents to donate money to social services agencies rather than giving panhandlers money.

"There’s a lot of people downtown that have addiction and mental health issues and by providing them cash that either allows them to buy alcohol, buy drugs and that’s just not helping things," Diekhoff says.

Hamilton hopes the efforts will result in a safer, more welcoming downtown.

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