As­sem­bly bill crit­i­cized.

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The Chair­man of the state Pub­lic Safety Coun­cil Juan Manuel Hernán­dez said Baja Cal­i­for­nia is not ready to move for­ward with a project that might cre­ated a new law en­force­ment su­per cen­ter.

The state has plans to ap­prove a new pub­lic-pri­vate agree­ment that will lead to open the first sys­tem of co­or­di­na­tion, com­mand, con­trol, com­mu­ni­ca­tions, com­put­ing and in­tel­li­gence, also known as C5.

The sys­tem would in­clude around 400 street cam­eras statewide, among other fea­tures with an in­vest­ment of 690 mil­lion pe­sos or $40.5 mil­lion in the next decade.

Her­nan­dez said the state lacks enough po­lice of­fi­cers and doesn’t have ad­e­quate emer­gency pro­to­cols to re­spond to emer­gency phone calls. Coun­cil mem­bers have stood against the project un­til other pub­lic safety and jus­tice ad­min­is­tra­tion needs are ad­dressed.

Mem­bers of the leg­isla­tive Com­mis­sion on Tax and Bud­get ap­proved the bill that would cre­ate C5.

Ac­cord­ing to law­mak­ers, the sys­tem would at­tack crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity by de­creas­ing emer­gency re­sponse time.

A protest Wed­nes­day that lead to the can­ce­la­tion of an As­sem­bly spe­cial meet­ing was caused by the bill.

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