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Swanton students raise money for park security cameras

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SWANTON, OH (Toledo News Now) -

A group of students in Swanton say they're tired of seeing drugs and vandalism in Memorial Park, so they took it upon themselves to help police get new tools to monitor the area.

The group raised enough money for eight cameras that will give police an extra set of eyes on the park.

"There was a lot of smoking/drugs going on around here because it was outside of the school," said Kirsten Truckor, a Swanton Middle School student.

Truckor and other students in a group called SEED – Students Encouraging Educated Decisions – got together to do something about the illegal activity. They came up with the idea for cameras, and then organized a dance, sold T-shirts, and asked local businesses for donations.

"It should have a big impact," said Police Chief William Talbott. "I can't thank them enough. This is something that we talked about. With what they did, it's a much bigger scale than what we had originally hoped for, so it's going to be a huge help."

Chief Talbott says the cameras will record video and be monitored 24 hours a day.

"I think it's really cool because we actually got to make a difference in the community, and we didn't give up and went for it," Truckor said.

The new cameras should be up and running within the next couple months.

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