Do you often notice those covert, closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras on the edges of buildings, in trees, and along highways? Ever wonder who is watching them? They’re owned and operated by multiple municipal agencies, such as the Department of Traffic, Parks Department, and several other organizations. These omnipresent cameras, seen or unseen, cover a great deal of our city landscapes, both above and below ground.
Many agree that this would be an incredible resource for our cities’ first responders, such as police and fire departments, being called to emergency scenes. Imagine these authorities getting a first-hand view of a scene before they even arrive. A 911 dispatcher would immediately estimate how many police or fire units might be needed to respond to that call. As for getting a jump on the bad guys, an FBI response team would instantaneously review relevant video footage to help identify suspects.