By endorsing the use of downtown police surveillance cameras, Proposition 1 invites the most egregious waste of taxpayer dollars in Columbia history. Public policy, especially that which requires spending taxpayer dollars, should never be based on reactionary maternal emotion but should instead be based on reason and fact.
It has been proven repeatedly in countless reputable studies that police cameras on public streets do not deter violent crime. Many cities, both here and abroad, whose leaders fell prey to the ill-conceived notion that cameras were the answer to crime, are now abandoning their impotent and expensive camera systems in favor of more effective policing strategies. Columbia should learn from these mistakes instead of repeating them.
Whether camera surveillance is effective or not, downtown Columbia is the last place that needs it. Statistics clearly show that Columbia has seen no spike in crime, and downtown is no exception.
Vote "No" on Proposition 1.