Wednesday, October 04, 2006

More Cameras - Smaller Cameras

  • Operation Disruption cameras used to be about as subtle as a punch in the nose. They weighed 100 pounds, had flashing blue lights and were encased in the Chicago Police Department's classic logo. The $30,000 cameras virtually announced that you were entering a high-crime neighborhood.

    The next generation of video surveillance - in a city that's fast become famous for it - is a lot more discreet. The camera weighs just 15 pounds, costs $6,000 and looks about as unobtrusive as a street light. Digital recordings can be stored and downloaded within minutes.

More discreet. Smaller. Less noticeable. Do yourself a favor - make sure you get the list off of the Department website that has all the camera locations. Keep it updated. Be aware of what you are doing and that your behavior during a street stop could be recorded. And beware that your actions will be scrutinized in the least flattering light possible.

Especially after the Sun Times named 6 more officers that are facing termination for various offenses and rules violations following a FOIA request. We mentioned months ago that a number of scandals were brewing and the Sun Times seems to be leading the charge to paint the Department as out of control. We don't know if they're pushing for Federal intervention and oversight, but who knows what the hell is going on lately? Be careful.

23 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

He is accused of saying he would dump them in a garbage can and swearing on Ireland that he would rip one officer's "f---ing head off."

Must have been a bosses kid. This is not the first time an Officer was accused of intimidating officers and was fired.
The good news is that he eventually got his job back.

10/04/2006 12:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are police officers, especially a particular SGT in 018, who has every reporter on his speed dial, who are privy to information because of wherethey work and have contacts with the media. Some are even paid for info. It is a good side gig.

They rat us out to the weasels, the weasels ask questions and when they do not get answers or the answers they want, the file a FOI request.

A lot of what is reported on the department is coming from inside. Our people are bigger weasels than the reporters.

10/04/2006 12:17:00 AM  
Blogger kateykakes said...

Are there cameras throughout the city, or are they placed in high crime areas?

Be safe out there...

10/04/2006 12:25:00 AM  
Anonymous happyjoyjoyjoy said...

i wish they had a disruption camera on callahan the night he came to work drunk and when i actually told him as much he attacked me. stupid city. you knew he was like that a long time ago and you kept him working? you just joined the lawsuit. culpability is a bitch. shame on you

10/04/2006 12:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Guess the bloggers were sorta right about Ryan (steroids), but wrong about other rumors (no salacious tapes involved). Heard he regularly went to Vegas to see bodybuilder competitions -- guess that and the fact he can't turn his neck or lift his arms coulda been clues.

Ryan was a clout baby by adoption -- went to the Academy with Cline's kid, knew Cline, was a favorite of Starks in 011, but blew it all for oversized muscles that only made him look like a goof.

So what happened to his partner who was sent to call back at the same time? Could they only make the "Steroid Sean" charges stick?

10/04/2006 01:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those POD cameras are for crap. I am a detective and have requested tapes from PODs at leat a dozen times. Not once have they aided in an investigation.

You cannot read plates from autos and most times they are rotsting in a clockwise motion and they miss everything.

10/04/2006 01:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Big Brother" is watching us all. But then again,some of us NEED to be watched. It's just a sign of the times. The cameras will continue to be more advanced and cheaper as technology gets better. Watch out Pookey, you're on DALEY CAMERA.

10/04/2006 08:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought those POD cameras had to be personally manned by an officer who was parked within a couple of blocks of where the camera was located? I didn't think they had any type of recording device at all? Can anyone shed any light to the camera situation?

10/04/2006 08:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great!! And now the BAD GUYS know you Ass!!

10/04/2006 10:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I trust that anonymous 12:17 has hard evidence of this Sgt.in 018th, or is he just another numb nuts shooting his mouth off because he has a hard on for a Sgt.and if so, why not post his name or initials......

10/04/2006 11:40:00 AM  
Blogger SCC said...

I thought those POD cameras had to be personally manned by an officer who was parked within a couple of blocks of where the camera was located? I didn't think they had any type of recording device at all? Can anyone shed any light to the camera situation?

Here's some info:

The big pod cameras have a DVR recording device within - and can record 72 hours continuous. After 72 hours, they re-record over previous material. Cameras are set to scan either a predetermined pattern or random scan of the area. The lens cover is opaque so you can never be sure if it's recording you or down the block. If qualified, you can check out a "suitcase" and control the camera yourself.

Some of the big pods have antenna on them. This can be remotely controled from the 911 building AND from at least two computers in every district station that has the software - usually the Tact office and the Watch Commander. Some Sergeants offices are also wired to control the cameras. No word on how these are recorded or how long those recordings are kept. Again, the Tact office or WC could be fiddling around and filming you at any point and you'd never know.

Some of the newer pods have three or more antenna on them - these are the experimental "gun shot detector" cameras that are supposed to zero in on loud reports to catch shooters. The technology is still a little primitive, but coming online. Now there Again, all can be overridden by a remote operator either using the "suitcase" or the office controls.

ALL of the new cameras are being wired into 911 and the mayor is slowly convincing the owners of large buildings to allow their private cameras to be wired into 911 to expand coverage. Aldercreatures are using some of their "discretionary" money to buy cameras for their own hotspots and the City is wiring them into 911 as part of the installation.

Big Brother is here. And getting bigger.

10/04/2006 01:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They work really well---as long as the dummmies are near them. Some even have gunshot indicators. They fulfill the two main Chicago objectives:

1. Push the bad guys into the alley or around the corner. Why bother REALLY solving any problems?

2. Instill in the working police officer that, guess what, CAPS works, so you really shouldn't. REALLY, you shouldn't.

If they really wanted to make a difference in ALL facets of policing in Chicago, it takes TWO BASIC, FUNDAMENTAL ITEMS THAT EVERY OTHER DEPARTMENT HAS

1.Radar. Drive a fool. I dare ya

2.Shotguns. Act a fool. I dare ya

10/04/2006 01:07:00 PM  
Blogger Rich Rostrom said...

A civilian asks:

"swearing on Ireland"??? WTF?? Is this like swearing on one's mother's grave, or something?

As to cameras: I'm a nerd, I follow the tech news. The cameras and related tech will get cheaper and better every year. They will get so cheap that they will be everywhere. Get used to it: by 2015 every public place will be monitored 24-7, and not just by the authorities.

Example: A few weeks ago, a Beatles fan checked a WebCam that monitors a street in Liverpool which has some Beatles connection. He saw a burglar breaking into a store and called police on him - from Dallas, Texas.

10/04/2006 02:05:00 PM  
Blogger frhe sjgg said...

I'd rather see the money being spent on increasing officer salaries -- and less on cameras.

Sincerely,
Anne Elizabeth

p.s. unless it's cameras keeping an eye on the criminals that the hard-working cops are after !
Put the next dope deal/rape/wife beating/armed robbery on film,please !

10/04/2006 02:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are already cameras everywhere. Citizens with cameras, business security cameras, CTA cameras, News Media cameras, etc. Whatever you do, keep in mind that it's probably being filmed. Just remember: It's like the radio or the computer. Make it work FOR you, not against you. SMILE!

10/04/2006 05:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

to 1:03:15am

Turbyville why would you write that about Ryan???????????

10/04/2006 07:28:00 PM  
Anonymous sir donkey said...

We should have a pod at the station. I would love to get a copy of the tape from McNichols doing his silly little dance in the parking lot!!!

10/04/2006 11:18:00 PM  
Anonymous beat 2525 said...

It's not a "suitcase", it's a "football".
You really should take this job more seriously.

10/04/2006 11:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This just in ... Anne Elizabeth appears nuts !!!

10/05/2006 05:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any truth to the rumor that IAD is looking at NAGIS? I hear as many as 24 possibly involved. I haven't heard exactly what's being looked at (or alleged). Anyone out there have more intel?

10/05/2006 05:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what we need is audio, maybe then some of these big time sgt's would keep their pie holes shut.

10/05/2006 06:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Turbyville why would you write that about Ryan???????????


Why would Turby write crap about Ryan? If my memory is correct, Ryan saved Turbyvilles life when they got into a shooting in 011dist, while Ryan was returning fire at the 4 offenders Turby was hiding under a car. Turby never cleared his holster while 50 gunshots were exchanged.

10/05/2006 07:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

to 7:56
First of all...lets get something straight right here....Yes Ryan , Turbyville and co...were involved in a shooting in 011 but Ryan DID NOT save Turbyville's life....give me a fucking break...and furthermore....the award request was typed up by none other than Ryan and May themselves....so whatever you are thinking....you got it all wrong....I also remember hearing that someone got a graze wound??? but that was never verified....It's a shame that Ryan is in the situation he is in and that goes for jerome as well...both good guys but please dont pump up their ego's any more...by putting out false information....also I am ELATED that they are finally firing that piece of shit,loudmouth,drunkin midget Greald Calahan...what a fucking stroke jagoff...bout time!!!

10/06/2006 04:20:00 PM  

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