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Friday, July 22, 2005

New York Police Unveil the "Real Time Crime Center"

From NYTimes.com: Last week, "Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly...unveiled an $11 million high-technology crime center designed to free detectives from much of the time-consuming research they undertake during investigations. A team of analysts at the center (the Real Time Crime Center)...will field inquiries from detectives around the clock, Mr. Kelly said. They will help speed up investigations using dozens of databases - including more than 5 million New York State criminal, parole and probation records, and 33 billion public records, he said. The look of the place, a large sleek room lined with flat-screen televisions, suggests an interplanetary control center....The tools allow analysts to review 911 and 311 calls to find witnesses; detect relevant crime patterns; determine whether previous crimes have been committed at a particular location; and find any parolees living nearby. They can also search databases on tattoos, other distinguishing marks and nicknames." Story... [Mark Godsey]

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