WATERLOO, Iowa — A plan to deploy potentially hundreds of public safety cameras throughout Waterloo could be five years away.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that police and traffic officials are urging patients as they put the system together.

Police Chief Dan Trelka says his goal is to have a network of cameras that police can easily access on a computer.

Council members have been discussing how to pay for and create a program that would place cameras in neighborhoods with high crime rates to help police investigations. The program needs both cameras and the infrastructure to transmit and save the videos in a location accessible to law enforcement.

The city currently has about six “pole cameras” police can move to criminal hot spots.

Information from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, http://www.wcfcourier.com

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