Police will soon be able to access surveillance cameras with views from around Springfield, Mass., including the new MGM Springfield casino, Union Station and city schools. Analysts at the Springfield Police Department’s Real-Time Analysis Center will be able to use information gleaned from those cameras to provide situational awareness and information to officers in the field, according to MassLive.
The system went online earlier this year with approximately 50 Department of Public Works cameras, part of $1 million-worth of hardware, software and radio system upgrades.
"The Real-Time Crime Analysis Center is the most sophisticated in New England," Mayor Domenic Sarno said in the MassLive article. "This equipment ties directly into our brave and dedicated men and women in blue, right to the car, right to the street. This is not being done anywhere else in New England. This will not only help us solve crime, but will more importantly prevent crime as we move forward."
The 50-camera footprint is primed to expand quickly, according to Springfield PD officials. The feeds of 28 video cameras inside and outside seven Pride stores within the city will soon be tied into the system, as well as around 250 cameras at Union Station. There are also plans to incorporate approximately 1,000 cameras offering internal and external views of city schools.