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Plans to expand crime center with Real Time Crime cameras

CINCINNATI (Deb Dixon) -- After the identification of Boston bombing suspects through grainy security camera images, many cities began beefing up their network of cameras on city streets.

The number of cameras on Cincinnati streets has increased over the years.  Now there is a plan to beef up the number of officers watching those cameras to track criminals in real time.

Deb Dixon was standing where she know a camera was watching her.  Same with the fans going to the game.  There are more cameras going in at The Banks and more officers will be assigned to watch them.  The reason why is as clear as high definition T.V.

At the Real Time Crime every run appears on a monitor.  Sometimes it's on camera too, and that means the camera can follow a bad guy trying to get away.  That's what happened after two men shot at each other on Race Street.

Specialist Heather Saidler from Real Time Crime said, "The person is shooting at person in red.  He runs off screen."

Specialist Heather Saidler moves the camera to follow the wounded man.  When cop cars show up on the shots fired people run, everyone is gone.  But Heather knows where they went.

"If no one had been watching, no idea he ran behind the building," she shares.

And that's where the officers found him.  The program is great for officer safety so they know what they are looking for when they get to the scene.  Real time, that's the crime fighting difference and that's why the center is going to get more officers to monitor cameras.  Crime analysts who work here can dip into databases with gang member information and license plate recognition.

Lt. Colonel Dave Bailey believes Real Time will become the nerve center of the police department.

He said, "Everyday, every night, 24/7 technicians running putting up pictures information package as useful real time."

Some communities have been pushing for a  stronger real time crime center for years.  There is always a debate when it comes to these cameras, between citizens who say it makes them feel safer and those who say it makes them uncomfortable being watched.  Police also hope more businesses will link their surveillance systems to the Real Time Crime Center.

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