CAMDEN, NJ — A unique opportunity to take the lead on national initiatives was presented to the Camden County Police Department this week.

The CCPD on Wednesday and Thursday hosted a United States Department of Justice conference on the implementation and use of technologies on the job, attended by representatives from police departments across the country.

Some of the agencies that participated in the two-day seminar held at the Camden County College city campus and the Camden police administration building were the Philadelphia Police Department, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Albuquerque Police Department, and the West Memphis (AR) Police Department.

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The visiting officials got an inside look at the Real-Time Tactical Operational Intelligence Center in the CCPD, a command center where camera feeds from around the city allow for real-time data analysis. Also observed was the department's utilization of the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network in the evidence unit for identifying weapons used in crimes.

Topics discussed during the first day of the conference included working technology into daily crime fighting, through systems such as Eye in the Sky cameras and Shotspotter gunshot detection.

CCPD Chief Scott Thomson talked about the benefits to an organization in the integration of different technologies.

“It is a pleasure and honor to work with the Department of Justice and our law enforcement partners throughout the nation on implementing these important tools into front line police work,” Thomson said. “Technology can be a force multiplier in the work we do and have an outsized impact on our success ensuring the public’s safety and maintaining a peaceful community.”

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