BATON ROUGE – A high-tech camera system for law enforcement is online, tracking people’s movements in 19 locations and growing.
Baton Rouge police discussed the project at a press conference on Wednesday.
Police won’t reveal all of the locations the cameras are mounted on, but those angles include shots above Town Hall where 80 different views of the city center are returned to the police.
The camera system goes live amid record-breaking homicides in East Baton Rouge.
“I had a gentleman who was killed on Thomas Delpit, East Boulevard; this is where I live, ”exclaimed City Councilor Carolyn Coleman of the cameras. “Let them know that a lot of these killings have to stop. “
City officials hope the camera system will help them track down criminals with ease and at a rapid pace.
The cameras capture the movements and follow the movements.
“It gives us standard motion detection, it gives us person detection, which means the ability of cameras to watch movement and you know, depending on what. [the camera is] programmed to do, looks like it might be a person. They are in fact able, depending on the quality of their reception at the time, to detect the difference between the sex, the age, the color of the hair or the color of the clothes, ”said Lt. Will Clarida of the Department of Baton Rouge police.
“When something turns ‘red’ it picks up something. [A] reverse car on a one-way street; A crowd [that suddenly] starts running … Even 3 to 4 people running at a time “, will be alerted and followed.
The system can send alerts by SMS or e-mail, and the police department hopes to communicate with the radios afterwards.
Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul said he is already identifying high crime areas for installing cameras.
“People want these shootings to stop. So this whole ‘people don’t want it out there, they don’t want cameras’ thing, it’s just not the truth. The truth is that people want to feel safe, people want us to keep arresting these bad actors, that’s just another tool, “the chief said on Wednesday.
In a next phase of the project, cameras are expected to be installed in the Gus Young and Brookstown areas as well as in the communities of Dixie and Tigerland.
Raw footage is saved for 45 days, but some pieces of video can be isolated and kept longer.