Open Mic: What do you think about San Pablo’s Police Surveillance Program?

Video • Edgardo Cervano-Soto

Richmond Pulse took to the streets of San Pablo to ask residents their opinion of the city’s new police surveillance program. The program includes installing cameras, license plate readers, and gun shot detectors along the the borders between San Pablo and Richmond. The San Pablo City Council recently approved a three year plan to invest $900,000 to surveil these areas. The surveillance plan will cover 75% of San Pablo.

San Pablo is 2.6 square miles and a population of about 30,000. In comparison, Richmond is 52 square miles with over 100,000 people. Cameras are currently placed at two San Pablo schools. The surveillance program will focus on Market Avenue and Rumrill Boulevard, both entry and exit points to Richmond.

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