Indianapolis Wants to Model Video Surveillance Program After Atlanta

Atlanta has roughly 6,000 cameras on file for the police to monitor feeds from. Indianapolis has a little over 100.

INDIANAPOLIS — The city of Indianapolis hopes success stories of installing more surveillance cameras in Atlanta will lead to the same sort of actions here to help ramp up public safety measures.

Atlanta’s public and private sectors have come together to give the police department instant access to live feeds of their surveillance footage when a crime is committed. When a 911 call comes into the Atlanta dispatch, the four closest cameras to the call appear on a screen, and officers are able to monitor those feeds to help in responding to the call.

“Absolutely it can work here,” Indianapolis Police Chief Troy Riggs said in a WISHTV 8 report, “especially in our large venue areas where we have people gathering to go to the Colts or Pacers game, or just a big event downtown.”

The Atlanta Police Department has 6,000 cameras that it can access live feeds from, but an astonishing 90% are owned by the public and private sector. Meanwhile, Indianapolis only has a little over 100 cameras.

Riggs wants to have the same video integration as Atlanta. “We need to work on that to see if that is a possibility,” he said.

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