At their next meeting on Wednesday, September 7, the Tallahassee City Commission will consider funding of the Capital Region Real Time Crime Center (the Center).
The Center will be funded through an equal and shared allocation of costs by the funding entities. The City’s share of joint operating expenses is estimated to be $108,569 for FY23 with up to $26,000 in annual recurring costs over the next four years.
The Real Time Crime Center
The Tallahassee Police Department (TPD) recently partnered with the Leon County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) and the Florida State University Police Department (FSU-PD) to create the Center.
The mission of the Center is to enhance communication, intelligence sharing, and coordination among state, county, and city law enforcement agencies within Leon County.
The Center will be equipped with advanced video analytics systems and robust intelligence solutions to improve how local law enforcement serves the Tallahassee community. The Center will have access to more than 1,000 cameras throughout the county and city limits and will employ GIS mapping and a global positioning system (GPS) to help set up officer perimeters when a suspect is fleeing.
The Center will have a Command Dashboard that can aggregate data feeds from multiple sources, including public safety camera systems (PSCS), automated license plate readers (APLRs), automatic vehicle location (AVL) systems, computer-aided dispatch (CAD) systems, law enforcement records management systems (RMS), as well as open-source data.
Material from these systems serves as sources of evidence when investigating and prosecuting crimes.
Real-Time Dissemination of Information
The agenda item provides an example of how the real-time dissemination of information can be used by law enforcement.
Scenario Example 1 of Applicability
Officers are dispatched to a shooting that occurred on ABC Street where there is one public safety camera system (PSCS) within .25 miles of the location of the shooting. Right away, CR-RTCC analysts review the call notes from the CAD and see that a silver sedan was seen by witnesses speeding from the scene. Analysts reviewing the PSCS observe a silver ford taurus with a Seminole sticker in the rear window driving in the immediate area prior to the shooting incident. Analysts check the automatic license plate readers (ALPRs) and determine that a silver taurus with a Seminole sticker in the rear window was captured on an ALPR approximately 2 miles away and 10 minutes after the shooting. The information about the sticker is relayed to officers on scene. Upon questioning, two witnesses recall seeing a large sticker on the rear windshield. Analysts provide tag information of the possible suspect/witness vehicle to the officers. The vehicle is seen by officers in another district when a traffic violation is observed, and a traffic stop is attempted. The driver flees from the officers and ultimately is found crashed several blocks away with spent shell casings inside. CR-RTCC analysts, using an automatic vehicle locator and global positioning system, set up a perimeter for the responding officers. After K-9 tracking, a suspect is located.
In this scenario, investigative information was obtained, and public safety was enhanced due to the knowledge that the vehicle may have been involved.
Currently, without the real-time support of the CR-RTCC, initial review of call notes from the CAD and an ALPR requires more processing time from detectives. By leveraging CR-RTCC, TPD will be able to identify and accelerate the apprehension of suspects. The Center’s trained law enforcement analysts will also be able to identify crime patterns in real time.
City Commission Action
The agenda item notes that the Center is near completion and will be ready for occupancy by the end of September 2022.
To finalize the interagency agreement, City staff is seeking authorization for the City Manager, or designee, to execute a Memorandum of Agreement on behalf of the City of Tallahassee with the Florida State University Board of Trustees and the Leon County Government for the establishment and funding of the Center.