A lawmaker in Los Angeles, the second-largest U.S. city, has proposed using image-producing devices like cell-phone cameras to improve public safety.
Two motions to this effect were presented on Wednesday by Councilman Eric Garcetti, city officials said.
Garcetti's first proposal calls for purchasing equipment that would allow residents to snap photos of accident and crime scenes with cameras on cellular telephones, and then transmit the images to 911 call centers.
The software program, known as Incident Media Link, would be used by the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD).
"Sending cell-phone pictures to 911 will empower communities to fight crime in a way not seen since the start of the Neighborhood Watch program," Garcetti said. "The LAPD has been using innovative technologies and strategies to reduce crime for decades. Camera phones can help build the next stage of community-police partnership."
Garcetti also introduced a plan urging the installation of security cameras in the city's parks as part of an effort to heighten security. Cameras are already in place in two public parks in downtown Hollywood.
"Cameras give the police eyes and ears on a 24-hour basis to protect our open spaces," Garcetti said.