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Mobile camera technology helps TPD on the go

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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Cell phones are one of the latest tools being used by Toledo Police in the fight against crime.

The department is showing off their new mobile capabilities in a new video they posted online. They can now monitor their crime cameras on their phones. They say it's all part of their effort to watch for crime in real time.

"We have the capability of monitoring those remotely outside of the safety building, so we could monitor them from the police car, officers can monitor them from their phone," explained Capt. Mike Troendle. "I can control from my phone and pan, tilt, zoom the cameras and see what I need to see."

Phones, tablets and laptops are all being used by TPD officers to keep an eye on the streets of Toledo. Troendle says gang units, drug units and the SWAT team will especially benefit from this technology.

"It improves our ability to catch criminals," he said. "It improves our ability to patrol in the neighborhoods without actually having an officer present."

The cameras will still be monitored in the crime center; the mobile technology just expands their capabilities.

"Eventually we'll bring our whole server online and we'll be able to monitor all of our cameras remotely," the captain said.

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