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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.
group raised enough money for eight cameras that will give police an extra set
of eyes on the park.
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.
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.
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
Talbott says the cameras will record video and be monitored 24 hours a day.
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.
new cameras should be up and running within the next couple months.