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Fresno (CA) Police Unveil Real Time Crime Center; Civil Rights Advocates Worry

Date: 2015-07-08
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From abc30/KFSN Fresno:

Fresno PD takes law enforcement into the future in a Real Time Crime Center unveiled on Tuesday

The technological marvel rivals real time crime centers one might expect to see in New York City, Chicago, or Los Angeles. It's an advanced system that cost the city nothing, but it's worrying some civil rights advocates that it may infringe on residents' privacy. 

Often times, when police officers respond to a a 9-1-1 call may mean a life threatening situation is seconds away, but what's behind the door they approach may be a mystery.

"Our officers oftentimes are expected to know the unknown, see the unseen, and then make split second decisions with limited facts," said Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer, who is hoping to shed light on the unknown and unseen by using his newest crime-fighting tool - the Real Time Crime Center. The most serious 9-1-1 calls will be funneled here, reported ABC30 news, where officers will use the latest technology to fill in some of the blanks.

Here’s where some civil rights advocates raise concern.  The system uses a threat assessment tool known as Beware, which uses public records and social media posts to determine how dangerous people at a given address may be. Officers in the crime center will share that information with officers responding to the call, and they'll check hundreds of video policing and traffic cameras in the area…

Read the complete story, with video, at

- People, Places & Things/ (via, 7/7/15)



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