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.


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