Cobb County’s Police Chief mentioned Tuesday the state-of-the-art expertise helps detectives and officers remedy one hundred pc of homicides this 12 months.
COBB COUNTY, Ga. — Cobb County Police provided the general public a uncommon likelihood to see among the high-tech instruments that they and police throughout the nation are speeding to make use of extra of their battle towards crime.
The police crime-fighting expertise is advancing and bettering so quick that one, veteran cop, particularly, has to work laborious to maintain up with it.
“I can inform you that it’s overwhelming,” Cobb County Police Chief Stuart VanHoozer mentioned.
Chief VanHoozer entered legislation enforcement as a patrol officer in 1990, when not one of the high-tech instruments in use now existed– instruments the chief referred to as indispensable to the division’s officers and detectives.
“They’re utilizing expertise extremely,” VanHoozer mentioned. “We could have one hundred pc clearance fee on our homicides this 12 months.”
The division has, for instance, Actual Time Crime Middle information on each single police name as every unfolds, and the data shows on a stay map accessible to all officers within the subject, on their patrol automobile laptops.
The division continues to put in and activate extra publicly-owned surveillance cameras and join them with a community of personal cameras that companies and owners provide voluntarily.
Cobb Police have 15 digicam drones, now, serving to scan crowds at large occasions, for suspicious exercise, and looking for lacking folks even at midnight utilizing thermal imaging.
The division has a transportable digicam that crime scene technicians arrange at crime scenes which data the complete crime scene in 3D, taking measurements, serving to discover hint proof, resulting in arrests and convictions.
“And for jury functions,” Senior Crime Scene Tecnician Malaika Moore mentioned. “You’ll be able to truly really feel such as you’re truly within the scene as a result of it exhibits you all the things that we noticed after we arrived on scene.”
The tried-and-true SWAT robotic continues to save lots of lives, going into harmful crime scenes and sending again stay video and sound, so the SWAT staff can then understand how finest to go in and seize the offenders with no hurt to them or anybody else.
SWAT Workforce Sergeant Robert Latham mentioned in a single current case, for instance, the staff despatched within the remote-controlled robotic.
“We truly noticed a suspect laying in ambush on the prime of a stairwell, ready with a weapon to ambush somebody coming into the residence. And we had been in a position to safely treatment the issue,” he mentioned.
Monroe Billington, 10, trying on the high-tech gear along with his dad as officers defined to them how the gear can be utilized, mentioned he’s glad he was in a position to see all of it for himself.
“I by no means actually felt threatened or unsafe in Cobb County,” Monroe mentioned. “However this simply takes it to a complete stage, I really feel safe, nearly.”
The advances in expertise, Chief VanHoozer mentioned, are serving to police not solely remedy crimes however forestall them– he talked about license plate reader cameras, particularly.
“Having a type of on the entrance to your neighborhood is superb,” VanHoozer mentioned. “Our offenders acknowledge these cameras and it does forestall crime. It will probably forestall it from taking place in your neighborhood or in your house.”
VanHoozer mentioned Cobb Police, and police all over the place else, are attempting not solely to place extra officers on the streets but in addition to arm them with the most recent “robocop” instruments, to assist them get forward of the criminals.
“We take a look at what leading edge departments are doing elsewhere and we see if it really works,” VanHoozer mentioned. “We do like to check our expertise with the consent of our group. Allow them to know what we’re taking a look at doing subsequent, getting their suggestions on it and defining precisely how we’d use it. However we prefer to see what’s subsequent on the horizon and we’ve some inner concepts on issues that we expect we might truly put collectively. Expertise-wise, it could assist us.”