CORAL SPRINGS, FL – The new Coral Springs police centralized technology center is getting more equipment to help officers solve crime faster.
Last week, Coral Springs City Commission approved spending part of the city’s $132,300 in federal counter-terrorism funds on technology upgrades to the Real Time Crime Center, which gives field officers and detectives instant information to respond to emergencies and help catch criminals.
Also, as part of the grant, Coral Springs’ first responders will get new gas masks and other equipment, so they can safely respond to a wide variety of hazards, said Alex Falcone, the city’s emergency management director.
The Real Time Crime Center will get new computer hardware and servers, new software license agreements, and new equipment to build a “live video wall” to watch videos across the city and pull up computer databases, Falcone said.
Police officials opened the center in January at a cost of $50,000 (paid by a city crime-activity forfeiture fund) to drive more effective deployment of officers in responding to crimes in progress and unsolved crimes in hot spots across the city.
Plans are to expand the center’s capabilities in the coming years and bring it to full capacity by interconnecting feeds from hundreds, and eventually thousands, of cameras on major streets and businesses across Coral Springs with information from police license-plate readers, computer-aided dispatch system, and other crime-fighting resources.
Before approving the funding, Coral Springs City Commissioner Joshua Simmons said the Real Time Crime Center is not “Big Brother” or “government watch” intended to watch over residents and businesses without reason.
Instead, he said, it’s based on using new technology to better protect the city from criminal activity and mass violence.
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