Back in September of 2009, the US Department of Homeland Security approved grant funding of more than $289,445 to be used for several port security measures in Sturgeon Bay. A component of the funding was the installation of waterfront security cameras which would transmit data to the Door County Government Center. Tuesday evening, the Sturgeon Bay City Council moved the project along by accepting the bid of Baycom, Incorporated, to install the surveillance system at a cost of $251,445.78. Sturgeon Bay Police Chief Arleigh Porter says, in the first phase, 13 cameras & associated technology will be installed. Porter says one camera will be placed at the Old Stone Quarry Park…[audio:http://www.wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/N1799.mp3|titles=SBPD Chief Arleigh Porter]
Chief Porter says the homeland security component of the system is clearly important, given the traffic to & from such industries as Bay Shipbuilding, but the cameras can have other applications…[audio:http://www.wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/N1800.mp3|titles=SBPD Chief Arleigh Porter]
The local surveillance system is patterned after a system already up & running in Marinette.