The Memphis Police Department wants businesses and people with video surveillance equipment to help the city fight crime, says the Memphis Commercial Appeal. The Real Time Crime Center wants to tap into video streams from private surveillance cameras. The images would be used to track criminals or collect information in an investigation. “If we know where cameras are in this city, we can search for ones within 1,000 feet of an incident,” said John Harvey, a police consultant.
The $3.5 million center is one of a few nationwide that uses advanced computer technology to sift data to create instant reports for officers in the field. Police can analyze the data and shift manpower based on the tracking ability. The camera saturation plan follows another initiative in which the center is generating CyberWatch reports for private citizens that provide daily e-mails about incidents within three miles of someone’s home or business.