Chicago links responders and police to schools' surveillance systems
| 03.10.2008 | 07:29:14 | Views: 2847 | ID:
March 10 '08: The Chicago Sun-Times reported a new program begun by Mayor Richard Daley to link the city's public schools' 4500 surveillance cameras into a network which can be accessed by police and first responders. The addition of the public schools' cameras will augment the existing 10,000 public and private cameras already being monitored by the city's law enforcement agencies.
The Chicago Tribune reported, "public schools are being connected to police headquarters and the city's 911 center in a technological upgrade designed to improve safety, officials said ... In an emergency, arriving officers also will be able to view real-time images from the cameras on screens in their squad cars."Funding will be provided by a $418,000 federal homeland security grant. Officials said the cameras will not be monitored, but used if they are needed. The Sun-Times reported, "When officers respond to an incident, they'll know what they're up against and have video of the suspect. They'll even be able to pull up a floor plan of the school," using the integrated network. National Blueprint Tags: Intelligence & Situational Awareness (P3), Legal & Intergovernmental.
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