Last Tuesday, July 7th, the Fresno Police Department officially launched their state-of-the-art Real Time Crime Center.
Police Chief Jerry Dyer demonstrates how the Real Time Crime Center will assist Responding Officers.
The new Crime Center will provide information and allow officers to make more informed decisions when responding to 911 calls, helping them answer calls much more safely. Any high-priority 911 calls, defined as in-progress or life-threatening crimes, will now be filtered through a database to assess any potential threats that an officer may encounter while responding. In just a few seconds, the database sorts through all public information for the caller’s location and gives the address a threat level rating. A green rating means minimal threat, yellow indicates a possible threat and red signifies there may be a major threat.
The system then shows officers three main pieces of data: the indicated threat level, the criminal history of anyone living at the location, and a list of known friends and family members, including possible phone numbers and addresses if available. This contact information will be useful for many situations, such as if police need to notify family members of an injured person, are attempting to reach someone locked in a house, or are trying to locate a suspect.
The center also allows officers to access any city cameras, such as police dash or body cameras, and traffic cameras. Crime Center operators will be able to monitor police responses live and provide information to officers or call for back-up if necessary at a much faster pace.