New Orleans Metropolitan Association Of Realtors Awards $15K Grant To Adopt-A-Block Program To Install Cameras In High-Crime Areas
NEW ORLEANS—Today, the New Orleans Metropolitan Association of Realtors (NOMAR) announced an award of $15,000 to install private security cameras in neighborhoods across the city. Launched in 2015 as a partnership between the NOPD and the New Orleans Police & Justice Foundation (NOPJF), Adopt-A-Block works with churches, businesses and homeowners to install security cameras in crime hot spots. The NOMAR grant will fund the installation of 34 private security cameras.
“Surveillance cameras are invaluable tools that help us solve crime more quickly,” said NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison. “Through the Adopt-A-Block program, we are teaming up with neighborhoods that need our support and providing them with the resources they need to help us keep them safe. I want to thank NOMAR for recognizing the importance of this program and for partnering with us as we work to make every neighborhood a safe neighborhood.”
"We are proud to partner with the Police & Justice Foundation and the NOPD on these initiatives and are excited to see the positive change that will happen when we all come together to create a safer New Orleans,” said NOMAR Senior Vice President Kelli Walker.
“The proliferation of high-definition security cameras allows NOPD to identify, arrest and prosecute offenders who would have otherwise escaped justice.” said NOPJF Program Director Nathaniel Weaver. “NOMAR’s generous support brings this important crime-fighting technology to New Orleans’ most vulnerable neighborhoods.”
Since its launch in 2015, Adopt-A-block has installed 71 private security cameras at homes and businesses across the city. NOPJF will continue to work with the NOPD to determine neighborhoods in need.
Adopt-A-Block expands SafeCamNOLA, a citywide project with over 2,800 registered security cameras.
Residents can request security cameras online, and camera locations will be selected based on crime trends in each district.
Individuals and organizations can also sponsor the program and donate.