Friday, September 28, 2007

"Smarter" Cameras

Via our good friend Rue St. Michel:
  • A car circles a high-rise three times. Someone leaves a backpack in a park. Such things go unnoticed in big cities every day. But that could change in Chicago with a new video surveillance system that would recognize such anomalies and alert authorities to take a closer look.

    On Thursday, the city and IBM Corp. are announcing the initial phase of what officials say could be the most advanced video security network in any U.S. city. The City of Broad Shoulders is getting eyes in the back of its head.

The entire article can be found at this link here.

Rue St. Michel does his usual spot-on surgical dissection of the entire idea and comes to the same conclusion we have so very often - we need bodies in squad cars. Cameras provide only the illusion of police protection. Go read all the links.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok..go read the article for a good laugh,here's an example,

"Chicago already has thousands of security cameras in use by businesses and police—including some equipped with devices that recognize the sound of a gunshot, turn the cameras toward the source and place a 911 call"

9/28/2007 04:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok..so like what's the use of hearing a gunshot and sending a car to investigate (which in itself is hysterical, I can't stop laughing at this concept, as if we have the manpower),chasing the med student who has the gun, and then when he points the gun at you, the community doesn't back you up when you shoot the honor roll student?

9/28/2007 04:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Rue St. Michel does his usual spot-on surgical dissection of the entire idea and comes to the same conclusion we have so very often - we need bodies in squad cars".

Why do all or most of us understand this concept, and downtown doesn't? The department knows exactly how many scholarship officers are kept inside doing menial tasks and more are added to ranks daily.

It's really comforting to hear a dispatcher ask, "is there anyone available to ride with beat .... on the man with the gun call ...and the silence on the radio..because the fact is...they are out of cars. Then you happen to go inside and see the platoon of healthy officers and supervisors in their cubicles doing a task an intern,civilian or volunteer could do. What a waste of manpower.

9/28/2007 04:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

MY PDT STILL DOESN'T WORK!!!

9/28/2007 06:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The cameras are here. They will not go away. They give the public (the ones who care, of course) a warm and fuzzy feeling and our hierarchy likes warm and fuzzy.

It would be nice to get the ones that are self-monitoring, because any one of them would be smarter than the people we pay to watch them.

9/28/2007 08:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
"Rue St. Michel does his usual spot-on surgical dissection of the entire idea and comes to the same conclusion we have so very often - we need bodies in squad cars".

Why do all or most of us understand this concept, and downtown doesn't? The department knows exactly how many scholarship officers are kept inside doing menial tasks and more are added to ranks daily.

It's really comforting to hear a dispatcher ask, "is there anyone available to ride with beat .... on the man with the gun call ...and the silence on the radio..because the fact is...they are out of cars. Then you happen to go inside and see the platoon of healthy officers and supervisors in their cubicles doing a task an intern,civilian or volunteer could do. What a waste of manpower.

9/28/2007 04:45:00 AM

True go into any district we have our favorite "mod squad" friday force where they all dress like they are on the westside fashion show, tough but inside to get lunch, and watch television (yes cable). Look at the disaster on 35th street we have the girls with the fashion nails, the guys all muscled up, the many bosses and just doing bullshit work! HEY SUPT STARKS HERE IS A GREAT START CLEN OUT 35TH STREET HIRE CLERICAL PEOPLE TO DO THE INSIDE WORK THERE THUS FREEING UP WHAT A THOUSAND+ FOR THE DISTRICTS? WE NEED HELP, ALSO TELL DALEY TO HIRE MANY MORE AND STOP RETURNING MONEY EVERY YEAR BACK TO THE CITY COFFERS, THAT IS TO BE USED FOR POLICE, BUY NEW CARS,BUY NEW VESTS FOR ALL OFFICERS,BUY NEW PDTS THAT ACTUALLY WORK. THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP!

9/28/2007 08:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

THE SHOULD PUT A CAMERA IN THE DISTRICT CAPS OFFICE AND THE COMMANDERS OFFICE.

IF YOU CAN FIND A COMMANDER THAT WORKS AN 8 HOUR DAY I CAN FIND A COMMANDER WHO IS DOING SOMETHING OFF THE BOOKS.

9/28/2007 08:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Every time we get an in progress call in sight of a camera ask C.O.S. if they can contact the pod operator for an image from that pod.We need to show the general public what a useless waste of taxpayer dollars they are.This such a utter lie it is ridiculous and places P.O.'S in danger due to lack of manpower.

9/28/2007 10:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

can anyone ever recall a dispatcher saying a certain camera heard a gun shot? I've never ever heard this call. Anyone?

9/28/2007 03:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

True go into any district we have our favorite "mod squad" friday force where they all dress like they are on the westside fashion show, tough but inside to get lunch, and watch television (yes cable). Look at the disaster on 35th street we have the girls with the fashion nails, the guys all muscled up, the many bosses and just doing bullshit work! HEY SUPT STARKS HERE IS A GREAT START CLEN OUT 35TH STREET HIRE CLERICAL PEOPLE TO DO THE INSIDE WORK THERE THUS FREEING UP WHAT A THOUSAND+ FOR THE DISTRICTS? WE NEED HELP, ALSO TELL DALEY TO HIRE MANY MORE AND STOP RETURNING MONEY EVERY YEAR BACK TO THE CITY COFFERS, THAT IS TO BE USED FOR POLICE, BUY NEW CARS,BUY NEW VESTS FOR ALL OFFICERS,BUY NEW PDTS THAT ACTUALLY WORK. THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP!


Hey!!! Dummy your are probably the same asshat that complains about the dispatchers. Well the dispatchers were all police until the city decided to put the police on the street and hire cheaper civilians. You not only the police on the street but you also need police with the same ,mentality and mind set in support units.

9/28/2007 06:17:00 PM  
Anonymous cameras will help said...

O.K. a car circles the building 8 times. If by some remote chance there is someone wathing the camera(NOT). They pick up the hotline and call COS. The call taker keeps the caller on the phone and askes the caller the same fucken questions about the 8 times.

The call taker still fucks up the information provided 8 times by the complainat. the ticket is sent to the zone.

The zone looks at the infromation and gives it a low priority and it sits in the list. Four hours later the wrong address is given to a beat car who just asked for a personal. Come up from the personal and now needs to get gas.

On the way to the fueling station the beat car gets an unavoidable trafic stop. Gets to the fueling station and sits for 25 minutes because the attendant (HDO) is sitting inside talking on his Cell phone.

Now all gassed up and speeding to the scene five hours later, they arrive at the wrong address provided by the call taker and 11-P the job. All is well, lets hit the 7-11.

9/28/2007 06:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey!!! Dummy your are probably the same asshat that complains about the dispatchers. Well the dispatchers were all police until the city decided to put the police on the street and hire cheaper civilians. You not only the police on the street but you also need police with the same ,mentality and mind set in support units.

9/28/2007 06:17:00 PM

SO JAGOFF YOUR SAYING THE DISPATCHERS ARE BAD? YOUR STATEMENT SURELY MAKES IT SEEM LIKE THAT! "LOOK MOMMY I SPENT ALL YOUR MONEY WENT TO COLLEGE BUT BEING THE DUMBASS I AM I AM A COP IN CHICAGO"!

9/28/2007 10:42:00 PM  

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