City plans to fund real-time crime center – Tallahassee Reports

At its next meeting on Wednesday, September 7, the Tallahassee City Commission will consider funding for the Capital Region Real Time Crime Center (the Center).

The Center will be funded through an equal and shared distribution of costs by the funding entities. The City’s share of joint operating expenses is estimated at $108,569 for FY23, with up to $26,000 in annual recurring costs over the next four years.

The real-time crime center

The Tallahassee Police Department (TPD) recently partnered with the Leon County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) and Florida State University Police Department (FSU-PD) to create the center.

The Center’s mission is to improve communication, intelligence sharing, and coordination among state, county, and city law enforcement agencies in Leon County.

The center will be equipped with advanced video analytics systems and robust intelligence solutions to improve how local law enforcement serves the Tallahassee community. The Center will have access to more than 1,000 cameras across county and city limits and will use GIS mapping and a Global Positioning System (GPS) to help establish officers’ perimeters when a suspect is fleeing.

The center will have a command dashboard that can aggregate data feeds from multiple sources, including public safety camera systems (PSCS), automated license plate readers (APLR), Automatic Vehicle Locator (AVL), Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) systems, Law Enforcement Records Management (RMS) systems, as well as open source data.

Hardware from these systems serves as sources of evidence in criminal investigations and prosecutions.

Dissemination of information in real time

The agenda item provides an example of how real-time newscasting can be used by law enforcement.

Scenario Example 1 of applicability

Officers are dispatched to a shooting that occurred on ABC Street where there is a Public Security Camera System (PSCS) within 0.25 miles of the shooting scene. Immediately, CR-RTCC analysts review the DAC call notes and find that a silver sedan was seen by witnesses quickly leaving the scene. Analysts reviewing the PSCS observe a silver Ford Taurus with a Seminole decal in the rear window driving in the immediate area prior to the shooting incident. Analysts check automatic license plate readers (ALPRs) and determine that a silver bull with a Seminole sticker in the rear window was captured on an ALPR approximately 3 km and 10 minutes after the shooting. The information on the sticker is transmitted to the officers on site. When questioned, two witnesses remember seeing a large sticker on the rear windshield. The analysts provide officers with information on the tag of the potential suspect/witness vehicle. The vehicle is seen by officers from another district when a traffic violation is observed and a traffic stop is attempted. The driver flees from officers and is eventually found crushed several blocks away with spent casings inside. CR-RTCC analysts, using an automatic vehicle locator and global positioning system, established a perimeter for response officers. After tracking K-9, a suspect is located.

In this scenario, investigative information was obtained and public safety was enhanced knowing that the vehicle may have been involved.

Currently, without the real-time support of the CR-RTCC, the initial review of DAC call notes and an LPR requires more processing time from detectives. By leveraging CR-RTCC, TPD will be able to identify and expedite the arrest of suspects. Center-trained law enforcement analysts will also be able to identify crime patterns in real time.

Municipal commission action

The agenda item notes that the Center is nearing completion and will be ready for occupancy by the end of September 2022.

To finalize the interagency agreement, City staff seek permission from the City Manager, or designate, to sign a Memorandum of Understanding on behalf of the City of Tallahassee with the City’s Board of Directors. Florida State University and the Leon County government for establishing and funding the Center.

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