Is it another step towards a total surveillance society or is it another high tech tool to deter crime in the communications age?
That depends on who you ask.
"Initial response? It's a little Big Brother-ish," says Richard Jolly, a Little Rock native who is spending the holiday with family.
Ask Little Rock Police Sgt. Cassandra Davis and she'll tell you there's nothing covert about this plan.
"If you are not involved in any criminal activity, there shouldn't be anything to worry about," she says.
The units the police intend to put out for bid are similar to cameras used in major U.S. cities such as New York, Baltimore and Chicago. Davis describes them as being large boxy units that bear the police logo along with a blue light on top.
She said the police department will not keep video footage beyond 30 days.
City Council on Tuesday budgeted $500,000 for the project from the general fund.
Their next step is to pass a resolution to authorize the plan and put it out for competitive bidding.