Media Advisory, Contact: Jim Leydon, Communications Director
Real Time Crime Analysis and Intelligence Center to be Unveiled
Who: Mayor Domenic Sarno and Police Commissioner John Barbieri
What: Real Time Crime Analysis and Intelligence Center
Where: Springfield Police Department, 130 Pearl Street, Springfield, MA 01105
When: Friday, October 16, 2015 at 10:45 a.m.
Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Springfield Police Commissioner will unveil the Springfield Police Department’s Real Time Crime Analysis and Intelligence Center. The new center will provide officers with critical incident response based analytical review of all data available and increase officer informational awareness prior to on-scene arrival.
This technology will provide “real-time” crime analysis, hot spot situational awareness and crime intelligence to support officers responding to calls for service involving crimes against persons and property and other critical incidents that are in progress.
The unit will initially be staffed seven days a week during the peak activity hours of 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 a.m. and will eventually be in operation 24 hours a day.
Mayor Domenic J. Sarno stated, “Commissioner Barbieri is drastically enhancing the capabilities of the Springfield Police Department. Deploying state of the art technology will give our officers the best information available to keep residents safe.
Personnel in the Crime Analysis Unit (CAU) will monitor active calls for service and provide analytical support based on a review of numerous state and local data bases available through one single search engine. This will provide responding officers, via their mobile laptop computers with known information regarding involved persons or vehicles. Examples include: Photographs, criminal histories, fire-arms records, descriptions of any previously involved but unknown persons; etc.
The system will tie in city cameras and private cameras owned by entities that grant permission. Staff will be able to see cameras in the incident location as icons on a map. Staff will be able to access and view the cameras by simply selecting the icons. Additionally, “shot spotter” technology will be integrated with cameras that possess the capability. Upon activation of “shot spotter” these cameras in the area will automatically tilt/pan/zoom to the location of the incident. Information from the cameras will be relayed to officers in the field immediately. Additionally, members of the Crime Analysis Unit will have access to real time video monitoring of “hot spot” locations identified through the analysis of criminal and intelligence data available.
Software will also allow for vehicle descriptions to be entered for a filtered view of the area and eliminate all other non-involved vehicles in order to rapidly locate suspects. Console radios will allow for immediate broadcast of information to responding police personnel. Radio upgrades will include the ability to split the city into two zones during peak activity periods. The use of two priority dispatch channels will allow time for real time updates without interfering with other priority dispatches.