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Birmingham PD Real Time Crime Center Opens

By Alan Collins Published: Oct. 19, 2021 at 5:10 PM CDT

https://www.wbrc.com/2021/10/19/real-time-crime-center-up-running-birmingham-pd/

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - The city of Birmingham unveiled its latest effort to bring down crime on Tuesday as the $3 million Real Time Crime Center is now up and running.

When Birmingham Police Chief Patrick Smith got to the city, he realized his department had to update and modernize all of their communication efforts to get out the latest information. That included video and pictures for officers on patrol throughout the city.

City leaders were all on hand for a ribbon cutting ceremony at police headquarters Tuesday afternoon. The city did not have a way to get video from an officer’s body cam back to a central location and out to other patrols when they were called to a crime scene. The Real Time Crime Center lets them do that.