Four police chiefs and commanders spoke on the importance of business surveillance and residential surveillance video and how it impacted police dispatch at the 2015 International Security Conference. They agreed that remote video surveillance led to both greater security and faster police response time.
The panel – Law Enforcement Explains Priority Response and Verified Alarms – was hosted by SDM, the leading security industry magazine. SDM reports video surveillance and other electronic security news for commercial, business, and residential markets.
The police security presentation covered the following topics.
- Police Chief Chris Vinson, Highland Park (Dallas) TX: Remote Video Surveillance
- Commander Scott Edson, Los Angeles, CA: Wireless Surveillance System Credibility
- Deputy Police Chief Paul Calvaruso, Akron, OH: Priority Police Dispatch
- Police Commander Drake Massey, Kern County, CA: Business Surveillance
Commander Drake Massey represented Kern County, California. In 2015, it had a population of approximately 882,000. The police were under the jurisdiction of the Kern County Sheriff’s Department. This department is made of 1200 sworn officers and civilian employees. The main headquarters is located in Bakersfield and an additional 156 substations are located in the county.
Bakersfield had a crime rate that was 50% higher than the national average. The highest reported crime was property crime. This had almost 4000 reported cases. Since last year, the total amount of reported crime in Bakersfield decreased by 14%.
During the video surveillance panel, Commander Massey explained how his precinct categorized the levels of priority. All events at all priority levels are placed in the computer dispatch system.
Priority one alarms are at a business.
Priority two alarms are silent burglary alarms or residential alarms.
Priority three alarms are audible burglary alarms.
If a business had surveillance video, it would get bumped up in priority. The dispatcher relayed surveillance video information over the radio to officers and supervisors in the field. The police in the field would be informed if their tactics needed to change to adapt to the situation. Police dogs could be brought to the incident area. In cases of live crimes in progress, helicopters may be brought in and additional police officers and deputies called in.
Commander Massey echoed what the other officers said. Live business surveillance helped with the prioritization of crimes. He also stated that surveillance video would continue to be a huge help to law enforcement.
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