LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW)-- The La Crosse Community Foundation is pitching in to help put security cameras downtown. The purpose of installing the cameras is to make downtown safer.
The foundation issued a $50,000 challenge grant to the project. The grant means the foundation will match all contributions up to $50,000 between now and March.
So far the La Crosse City Vision Foundation, who is heading up the project raised $215,000. Once they get $350.000 they say can begin installing the cameras.
"If we have a state of the art camera system available for the police department, that means the police department can apprehend criminals sooner and it will act as a deterrent," said Mike Keil, with the La Crosse City Vision Foundation.
The La Crosse City Vision Foundation hopes to raise $475,000 total and keep it in a reserve fund. That way they can install new cameras as they are needed.