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Surveillance Cameras Slated For Community Center
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Police surveillance cameras are coming to the Riverbank Community Center, teen center, swimming pool and surrounding park area.

The cameras are among items to be funded by the Supplemental Law Enforcement Services Fund (SLESF) money, on which Police Chief Bill Pooley made a recommendation to the city council this week.

Surveying the $131,000 currently in the fund, Pooley suggested $65,000 be spent to continue funding a fulltime reserve deputy sheriff position; $35,000 to cover proactive patrols and other enforcement details such as the Cheese and Wine Expo, mounted patrols at the Crossroads Shopping Center and gang and narcotics enforcement; and $30,000 for miscellaneous police safety equipment such as tasers, taser cartridges and portable radios.

He also recommended $26,000 of the SLESF be spent on buying and installing a surveillance camera system to help deter potential vandalism and other incidents at the city's plaza area that includes the Community Center, Teen Center, swimming pool and Community Center Park. The park has a grassy area, playground equipment and a covered pavilion.

The SLESF is a grant that the State awards each year to all police and sheriff's departments. The minimum amount awarded depending on population is $100,000, which is the amount Riverbank receives. The money must be spent on frontline municipal police services as recommended by the ranking officer in the departments.

In Riverbank for the last few years, the city has committed the SLESF funds to personnel expenses, specifically the continuation of traffic enforcement and traffic safety programs, additional patrol services, patrol equipment and support personnel.