La Crosse Police, businesses partner for 'Project Blue Light'

'Project Blue Light' cameras

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - A program pairing La Crosse businesses with the police department is proving beneficial.

Project Blue Light helps the La Crosse Police Department get a first-hand look at incidents, particularly during the Oktoberfest celebrations.

Through the program, private businesses allow the department to access their security cameras and footage.

La Crosse officers say the additional cameras help give property owners and other residents peace of mind.

"We like to make them visible, that's why we put the blue light on them, to send a message to the criminal or someone with criminal intentions that you're being watched, but also to send that message out there to someone who's looking for a safe place to be and seeing those blue lights," said Asst. Police Chief Robert Abraham.

While the program has proven successful, the police department wants to create safe routes for college students to and from the campuses with the cameras.

Any business interested in taking part in the program can contact Assistant Chief Abraham directly at the police department.

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