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How tech can help cities reduce crime

Jen A. Miller | April 10, 2014
Camden, N.J. ranks among the United States' most dangerous cities -- and in 2011, its police force was cut in half. However, a state-of-the-art 'tactical information' center, combined with gunshot-spotting cameras, in-cruiser GPS technology and analytics are helping the embattled city cut crime.

Having an earlier edition of the system already in place played a crucial part during what Thomson calls the department's "darkest period," when the City of Camden police force was disbanded in favor of a county force and lost half of its officers in one day. Officers saw immediately the true effect of what Thomson calls "force multiplication" that the system allows. Now, Camden has 330 officers, with a target to bring staff levels to 411.


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