Saginaw Police Unveil New Crime-Fighting Tool 8-26-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Saginaw Police Unveil New Crime-Fighting Tool 8-26-2010

The Saginaw police department announced a new crime-fighting initiative on Thursday with the unveiling of RAPTOR, which stands for Regional Analysis of Police Technology and Operations Reporting.
Officials said the RAPTOR initiative is a collaborative effort between Saginaw police, Saginaw County 911, community groups and local businesses.
Police said the program will be capable of using networked video cameras for monitoring and identification of threats and vulnerabilities.
It will also have the capacity for providing geographical crime mapping technology covering nine counties and 54 police jurisdictions, and upon completion will provide integration of emergency dispatch software and ShotSpotter technology.
With all of this technology in place, authorities said the system will be used to provide crimes data analysis and operational reporting, providing up-to-the second detail.
Its emplacement hinges on the passage of a proposed U.S. House budget and several hundred thousand dollars of federal police funds.
The overall goals of these efforts are to protect life and increase quality of living for the citizens of the City of Saginaw and our surrounding regions, said Saginaw Police Chief Gerald Cliff.
Officials said Raptor is the first project of its kind within the state of Michigan that focuses on crime prevention, deterrence and enforcement.
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