WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - Combatting crime in Westchester County has gotten a lot smarter with the use of real-time information.
Information that once took detectives hours to gather can now be assembled in mere minutes through the Westchester County Police Department’s new Real Time Crime Center (RTCC), which has allowed officers to spring into action to solve multiple cases, oftentimes before the crime is even broadcast over the radio.
Police said that the RTCC, which operates out of county police headquarters in Hawthorne, “is the newest initiative to make (Westchester) communities safer than ever.” It is staffed by detectives, “leveraging numerous modern technologies and public-private partnerships to take crime-fighting to the next level.”
“It puts a massive data warehouse at a detective’s fingertips, including shared law enforcement databases of police, corrections and probations records and cases; public records and other open-source data; live traffic cameras; license plate readers; tracking technology and other tools, including facial recognition software.”
According to police, in two months, the RTCC has used information collected in real-time to solve a robbery in Mount Kisco, a burglary in Bedford, arrest four people driving stolen vehicles on Westchester parkways, and identify a ring of thieves stealing high-end handbags in the tri-state area.
When a crime occurs the detectives operating in the RTCC use the tools at their disposal to assemble the relevant information in the case, which can then be immediately shared with officers out in the field.
“Technology is always evolving and so does our use of it to respond to crime patterns and criminal incidents in real time,” Police Commissioner George Longworth stated. “The Real Time Crime Center will help make Westchester safe for all who live and work here.”
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