Here's How Pomona's Downtown will get a little safer


By LISET MARQUEZ | | Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
PUBLISHED: March 24, 2018 at 10:00 am | UPDATED: March 24, 2018 at 11:21 am

Pomona leaders have signed off on a pact which will allow the addition of 15 cameras to be installed onto city street light poles in the downtown area.

Under the terms of the agreement, Pomona will not charge the area’s business improvement district, Downtown Pomona Owners Association, to use the poles. The association taxes itself to raise money for improvements in the downtown area.

“It is (the association’s) goal to make sure the security they are providing is adequate for the patrolling of the downtown and the services they provide,” said Councilwoman Adriana Robledo, who sits on the DPOA board along with Councilman Rubio Gonzalez.

The agreement, which was unanimously approved at the March 19 City Council meeting, is part of the association’s ongoing effort to deter crime downtown.

The association first installed security cameras 10 years ago and has 56 cameras in the city’s core, said Carolyn Hemming, president of the Downtown Pomona Owners Association Board of Directors. The association spends $50,000 a year operating and maintaining the equipment, she said.

The DPOA’s existing security cameras are installed on Garey Avenue, Main Street and Second Street, according to a staff report to the council. Most of those cameras have been hardwired, while the new cameras will be wireless.

“This will help us have the height and line of sight that we need covered,” she said.

In June 2016, the City Council set aside $26,000 from the Vehicle Parking District budget to the DPOA for the installation of security surveillance cameras. The association can tap into those funds if the equipment is located in lots within the parking district of the downtown.

As is the case with the existing cameras, Pomona police will have unfettered access to the feeds, Hemming said. Officers who patrol the area access the feeds from mobile apps, and the department’s watch commander can also monitor the feeds, she said.

“For the officers, it helps them out if they’re in on area of downtown, but they are still able to keep an eye on another of the downtown,” Hemming said.

The association has the ability to download and save any of the feeds, she said.