East County News Service
May 25, 2023 (El Cajon) -- County Supervisor Joel Anderson, who represents El Cajon at the Board of Supervisors, has awarded a grant of more than $40,000 grant to the City of El Cajon through the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program (NRP). The City plans to use the funds to purchase mobile camera trailers for its law enforcement agencies.
“With the recent lifting of Title 42, the local migrant shelters are close to or at capacity. With the uncertainty of this rapidly developing situation, I wanted to help El Cajon’s law enforcement in the event that the City sees an influx in street releases of asylum seekers,” shared Supervisor Joel Anderson.
He added, “In December of last year, we witnessed asylees being released on the streets on El Cajon with no help or resources, sometimes at the dead of night, with little to no warning to the City. In the absence of the federal government providing any resources, I am using County grant funds to help El Cajon PD protect asylees from those who might prey on them, as well as ensure the safety of the surrounding neighborhoods.”
The City of El Cajon shares that these mobile camera trailers offer law enforcement a range of benefits, including enhanced ability to monitor special events, improved safety, cost-effectiveness, and an increase in public confidence. These trailers can record activities in high-risk or remote areas, reducing the need for officers to physically patrol such areas.