Real Time Crime Monitoring in New Orleans

Tommy Tucker, WWL First News
Wednesday, November 22nd

Tommy talks to Aaron Miller, Director of Homeland Security for the City of New Orleans, about the new Real Time Crime Monitoring Center.


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But three years ago I had a chance he goaded to Ireland and knows watch in the BBC and I was fascinated by a real time monitoring of crime cameras because. On this episode of whatever it was they actually saw a woman stagger out of a Barbeque she had too much to drink was heading down an Alley where they had a couple of guys. And they don't know if anything bad was gonna happen or not they sent a police car outed just kind of take a look at everything and play you know if if something like that could prevent crime. That's no blood better and reacting. And I just wonder if you're okay with that as a citizen or if you think as some people think that it's George Orwell and Big Brother the mayor says you have no expectation of privacy. At all. Saw we're talking about these crime cameras I'm all for it I think you re not doing anything wrong you don't remaining night. Erin Miller joins us right now director of Homeland Security for the city of New Orleans height on Aaron Moore and our thanks and thanks for taking the time Telus if you will. For people it may be didn't see the news last night give his crime camera 101 in and what's happening. It shirt so that is part of it you remember a large public safety improvement plan. That the mayor rolled out with the support of the governor and funding is made available from the more conventions are. It is citywide initiative to improve. The access to technology. And some of the tool in the tool kit. That we have not only for the admiral police department report tomorrow or other law enforcement partners so yesterday we will have to open. The real time crime center as we call it is exactly what you just mentioned that please we can monitor. Not only those cameras license plate readers and other technology. In real time to provide additional information and support. For the normal which department for all of our public safety partners in the senate. Com. Is how proactive will this be an end I guess a question Aron is who's gonna monitor the cameras I presume its civilian employees and not an LP DN how does that. How do they interface with an obedience a if for example the UK example I gave earlier is that something that plays that could happen is a plausible. Absolutely it absolutely something that could happen on on an ongoing basis sort of weapon in the regular day what we're doing is using. Software and helpless. Look where we need to look with the cameras we know that. Many cities who have large. Surveillance camera system once and for example New York what the lesson that they've they've which showed us his. You can't just stared back monitors all day. And expect to be very effective so one of the things that we're doing is using a piece of software. Help us identify cameras that are in proximity. Too cold as they come out or. Monitoring those that are proximity. To use special events or any incidents that are taking place in the attic. On so it doesn't matter where it is we know that. You know we're going to be able to look at those hot spots. As it as it is and and be able to to monitor those are men when we do get it all reservists and air made the cameras around them. The good news bit missile force and cameras that are in proximity to the zone the technicians. Can. Watch and see what's going on. There are going to be civilian technicians. There are gonna have direct communication which it not only did that this action but also the police officers and the mere robust public security system. And a couple the enhancements that we may. Over the last couple years Japan also. Great example having TV channel and all the police cars and in the fire trucks and ambulances. Having the we called common operating picture now. We would cut that layer where public at the assets are where we've got cameras weren't that calls for service. We really can provide officers and commanders in the field. A real time information. To better serve the citizens in and really have an impact on public safety. This whole system is only as good as of people that are monitoring it correct. Absolutely and it does. You know it is one of the things we've been to a number different cities in the matter mentioned a couple of cities yesterday and and the chief himself as a bit and pick participant and of what's called a major city streets. Initiative in the international association chief of police. Did you like Saint Louis like Cleveland like Memphis Detroit for example com has summit project green light. Which is a public private partnership we look at all those cities those folks who visited us or we pat. Representatives from the police department from our office to meet with them and and learn more out there operation. And it is it's it's about training it's about making sure that you know. Cutting using equipment and tools. As part of that commitment one of the things that we've gone out right now. Is an independent. And it monitoring and evaluation we want to have somebody come in and make sure that. We're establishing metrics that we can make sure where. Successful and where on the right track for their for the community that this is the it is a good investment it's gonna continue to we want. And a couple of questions Ferran by Ronald in new loans he's wanted to ask a question and trumbull have been up here it seems like you go on good morning Ronald how you. I grow I'm well sir happy Thanksgiving TC EO we senate together which you question about the crime cameras for Aaron. Wherever Graham can't agree that war. And dished out one important for form how well we. Put oil and killed it. It'll you'd patrol. Boat we. More problem didn't. It up that camera. He didn't care. That's what they would give church growth they know it emerged. From. They're going to. Get to read them. And you know what they got to enforce the law you know. Pretty protecting them quarter. Because that's. That money injury you know count me out here. Here and the east is that these bad actors. We. Thought we'd like he's back at. Pampering and I can't burglaries and the core. We have cameras. The slower run out of time Ronald only give Erin Miller. Time address at things again and happy Thanksgiving Aaron. I mean to one that they don't want stresses that this is a citywide plan. Yes the big cameras in the French Quarter aren't there but we have cameras that are going hotspots across the entire city. In the east in Algiers I've got some extra cameras that are up right now. The monitoring for illegal dumping and in a part of the city where we have. A problem with that in addition. We've got these 120 license plate readers. Better up around the city and and will be Paramus city we've already started that process the gold players riot police department. Expert cool too they can be more effective make more quickly responded to incidents we know that. There's people out there to. I don't care that there's a camera there's a light display reader but these tools that we can use to get those ball. And bought and get them off the streets quicker. And hope the police department to be more patient. And in doing their job we wanna get them everything we can't. You know it took to keep the community. One and only go back to the sample of dumping that you just mentioned so they have a place that is and I'm trying to think aware of seeing on TV. By warehouses or something where they keep dump and over and over and over again so. They cameras there and it would and I know people are listening right now sane dumping is nothing comer compared to murder but it just an example right so. I and then again she you go to the broken window theory on that is well but anyway. So somebody monitoring the crime camera Aron sees a truck full of stuff. Go to this chronic problem area and begin dumping at that point but what happens is citizen monitored does one. Also there. Actually an analyst and and if they see a crime in progress. Hole or anything particularly it's going to be a violent crime were gonna cause. Andy imminent Harmer dangers to one of our residents. They've got the ability to contact directly. The police dispatchers. And the police were. Why it public safety radio communication system on there to make contact with them let them know what they've got. And be police France's. Do lieutenant a sergeant. Of the individual lives and president district. Believes that there incident command right that the individual. We need the information to be able to deploy resources. Effectively and efficiently to go. Combat those things that we're doing well providing them the real time intelligence analysis and information so that they can make the decisions deploy their resources do what they need to dip. On you know in in some of these instances it may be that we're just gathering information for the fact that. No one of the things that you mentioned was going into that that that. Space and Ireland and you know probably something similar. Is that bank of monitors we've got but probably implement a little different. Is attacked the world leading that they have dedicated workspace. Police detectives to be able to come and accept the city networked. Accept the cool blue software and technology the video to the patent war on their cases from there. And it doesn't just have to be the north we are right these are tools that the Louisiana state police news. These license plate readers. Are connected. The same way that the ones in Jefferson Parish are connected so we could be our partners that are Jefferson Parish and saint Tammany that they police. A more powerful force and agencies even that may be working. Drug addiction cases for example all of these tools are available so that there is age your workspace all the law enforcement agencies to comment. Tax cut together and get the support of the technicians and analysts in using these software tools and equipment. So and taught in terms of training of the people that are monitoring the cameras civilian employees. And preventing a crime I guess I don't mean to be stuck on this errant but it just seems meeting and prevent the crime then you got tenure no problems at all right so. In the case of dumping say and if there's manpower available. Would then the monitor contact the rank the dispatcher. And then the police and actually if they are available and on dealing with something more serious go out there and hamper apprehend or at least ticket the people that are dumping. Look I think it I think that all of that like you said there's a lot hypothetical somebody's available be able to catch it and correct I'm at the right place those sorts of things. But you know we're gonna have the ability to do things at the brand new evidence available. That we can actually make. So we have good evidence against an idiot prosecution of these things. And and also other tools available to help detectives sort through all that footage. When they received put it lately from a resident or business who has cameras. On their property already. Armed you know we wanna be able to give folks the tools could do to make changes in the operation and to adjust accordingly. To provide the resources that we need to. So what kind of training did the monitors go through to Cameron to do this. Yet so personable as what we've looked war is folks who have some sort of background in the you know law enforcement. And public safety maybe as an inspector that call taker maybe it is what we all we services technicians to somebody who comes from mill year. Well with the public safety. With the public safety sort of program in new ones. So that that. Sort of establishes a baseline for a the full still we have. And go to person trading on the software programs and what we've done is it is spilled in view. The acquisition and additional on going training sort of things that we herbalist. You know you bring new people and these positions you rotate them and maybe after years. And then you don't have the training that table does the same as we looked at this week that we wanna make sure work and play as many barriers as we can actually design a training program. In conjunction with battle our software partners also based upon recommendations. From city like New York State like it was in cities like Detroit. A man does that have. Programs like this out so they undergo that training at all so. The ability. Two. Have all ongoing training and as they moved through arrives obviously there's there's different. Sort of classifications war at our analyst and technicians. Until they go through that their continually receiving training. And partners with folks like the only parent communicate in district. A 911 dispatchers. And poll takers to be joint training. So that we are sort of having an experience across all of our public safety workers making sure that we. Taking this very B. They approach. How we're preparing this civilians and use it. Aaron how are you won't question ams are we only have a minute left though last year and I don't mean to single out the buy you class if there's a shooting on Berman street one man died nine were wounded. It is these cameras are they the kind of things that if you see a beef breaking out where than you can alert the police they go over there and maybe preventing guns from being drawn. Look I wanna threat that this is not just about. One specific payment network this is an entirely. Leaning president as an example of preventing something like that from happening. Yeah look I think that. I think that that what we wanna do is have the tools directly out potentially prevent that in any and that it doesn't matter that. If that's in here and there and in a horror. In central city or that down patter of east. Act Ed Meagher recreation that we wanna make sure that we've got the ability to do that in any neighbor. Thank you Aaron I appreciate the time I really do and we'll talk to you again.