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When her baby girl takes an afternoon nap, or on those nights when she just can't sleep, Sarah Andrews, 32, tosses off her identity as a suburban stay-at-home mom and becomes something more exotic: a "virtual deputy" patrolling the U.S.-Mexico border.
From her house in a suburb of Rochester, New York, Andrews spends at least four hours a day watching a site called BlueServo.net.
There, because of a $2 million grant from the state of Texas, anyone in the world can watch grainy live video scenes of cactuses, desert mountains and the Rio Grande along Texas' portion of the international border.
Perry awarded the Border Sheriffs Coalition $2 million in federal grant
money last summer to get the Web camera program going after his own repeated attempts proved fruitless.
In the first six months of the grant period, the coalition spent $625,000 to get the cameras running.
The Web site went public Nov. 19, and in the first month saw nearly 2 million hits.
All those hits didn't translate into much law enforcement work, though, according to a six-month progress report required for the grant.
The report describes both the objectives for the program during the first year of the grant and how much progress was made in achieving those goals.
The coalition's goal was to make 1,200 arrests as a result of tips from the online cameras in the first year of the project.
They made three arrests in the first six months, according to the progress report.
Originally posted by tsrk30
Does anyone have any informaton about the program in Arizona?