Almost 75 cameras were placed around the city and are monitored in the real-time crime center. About 80 more could be added this spring.
TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -
Toledo police are gearing up to roll out round two of the sky cop cameras helping curb crime and violence in the Glass City.
Those eyes in the sky have been operating and the real-time crime center has been monitoring all corners of the city for a just under a year now. Officers say so far, they have been able to decrease crime by 80 percent on Mulberry and Page, and they plan to expand to increase the numbers.
Last summer the Toledo Police Department rolled out phase one of the cameras. A total of 73 cameras were placed strategically around the city to help reduce violence and crime. The department is preparing to enhance the initiative and cover more ground this spring.
"We're finalizing the locations for all of our cameras. We'll have an additional 80 cameras going up in phase two. That will give us somewhere in the area of 150 to 155 cameras on the poles throughout the city," said Capt. Michael Troendle.
While the cameras are watching the streets, a team in the safety building monitors the screens.
"It's just like being out on the street. They're moving the cameras around. They're looking around. They're listening to the radios. They're hearing the calls that are coming in, and they're looking in those areas that we have calls coming in to see if they can help the crews that are responding," explained Troendle.
According to Troendle, the cameras are always rolling. They have helped put a bank robber who hit downtown banks behind bars, and they even picked up some entertainment.
"We've had some interesting people, you know, dancing to the cameras and do some different things like that. So, having fun with us, you know. But then we kind of zoom in on them and follow them around and then they get the idea that we're watching them. Then they move off pretty quickly," said Troendle.
All fun and games aside, the department says crime has taken a dive, and a lot of neighbors are taking notice.
"I'm getting a lot of calls from the average citizen going, 'What does it take to get a camera on my street? I'll give you the pole in front of my house, but I want a camera on my street,'" said Troendle.
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