24-hour staffing at Philadelphia’s real-time crime surveillance center

    Philadelphia has joined the ranks of about 10 cities to have a Real-Time Crime Center stocked with surveillance videos, databases and other crime-fighting tools.

    And now the center at Philadelphia Police headquarters has 24-hour staffing.

    An article in today’s Inquirer paints the picture of a police department on its way to a future of smarter crime-fighting. Things like license plate readers, a wide surveillance network and even access to SEPTA’s video footage are being used to help officers respond to and investigate crimes.


    Still on its way is  system that combines several databases to make searching more efficient.

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