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Posted on: October 11, 2023

Council Member Edward Burroughs Launches Free Security Camera Program for District 8 Residents

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Program named in honor of Jayz Agnew, 13, who was killed in his yard last year

District 8 Council Member Edward Burroughs III is partnering with the nonprofit Joan’s House, Inc. to provide free surveillance cameras to District 8 residents.

The program is in honor of Jayz Agnew, the 13-year-old boy shot and killed while raking leaves in his front yard last November. The case remains unsolved and there is no known surveillance footage. 

 “We’re excited to introduce this groundbreaking initiative aimed at enhancing safety and security in our community,” said District 8 Council Member Edward Burroughs Ill and Joan’s House, Inc. in a joint statement. “The Javz Agnew Security Camera Pilot Program will revolutionize the way we approach neighborhood security, fostering a more connected and accountable environment for us all.”

The Council has also passed Jayz Law, a measure separate from this program, that establishes a security camera incentive program that will be available countywide when implemented. 

Council Member Burroughs has heard from community members who want security cameras and he immediately took steps to meet that need. Joan’s House will provide and install Blink 3rd generation cameras.

To be eligible, you must be a District 8 resident living in a single-family home without any security cameras. You must have WiFi, an email account, and a smartphone that can access the Google Play or Apple Apps store.

Jayz' mother, Juanita Agnew, praised the new program saying: “Justice can come in different forms. So the fact there is no arrests, the fact there is no suspects, but we have initiatives in his honor, to me is justice in a way.”

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