You get a pile of money, and everyone wants to steal some:
- We were informed in late December that 007 was going to get a “mini CPIC” room and that the lineup room would be converted to accommodate the new technology. This was no small feat and involved knocking down a brick wall between the lineup room and the viewing room, removing a huge one-way glass panel and accompanying brickwork, dropping new computer cables and running new electrical wiring. In addition, the room was scheduled to be furnished with 4 60” television screens hooked up to 4 computers that would display the various technology. The room was also supposed to be equipped with a 5’ oval conference table and six chairs, along with two desk workstations. The SDSC room was scheduled to “go live” on 16 January 17.
In true CPD fashion, we all shook our heads and said, “riiiiight….sure thing…all that by 16 January? HAHAHAHA”. To our great surprise, construction work began on 02 January 17. Windows were removed, bricks were taken out, tile was laid where necessary, cable and electrical wiring dropped and all of the hard material work was completed by 13 January 17. In all honesty, it was some kind of a freaking record. Never saw a job like that get done that fast.
But now, ALL of the stuff in the room is NEW. There are four 60” television monitors on the walls that display computer programs. The technology is amazing. It is truly faster than anything we can get from OEMC or CPIC. Great set up. The room is staffed by a civilian analyst from UofC, and two PO’s per watch. The technology includes Shotspotter, Hunchlab software, a real-time CAD computer, immediate access to all POD camera live videos as well as access to Caboodle and Clear. Everything we need to actually fight crime and more importantly, keep our guys and gals safe through real-time information, is available to us virtually instantly. We also got all of our PCAD’s replaced so they are able to utilize the new technology. The room went up live last Friday, only a few days behind schedule. In any case, have to defend Eddie and Rahm on this one. They said we would get the best, and this time, we really did.
Not to say it wasn't without some hangups and attempted shortcuts:
- In the beginning, the room had a few desks obviously snatched from some old warehouse and a 35” tv on a rolling cart shoved in the room. That is, the room looked like that until the Chief of Staff to the Police Chief of Los Angeles (who was overseeing the implementation of the SDSC as they have them in LA) showed up in the station. He took one look around, looked at the City Facility Director and said, “and where is the table and chairs that are supposed to be in there? where are the tv’s on the wall and the computers that are supposed to be here?”. She replied that this was the best the City could do in as far as furnishings were concerned and that we would just have to make the best of it. The Chief looked right at her and said, “if this is what you’re putting in here, what happened to the money that you got to furnish the room properly? What have you done with it?” I really wish you could have seen the look on that lady’s face. She stammered some bullshit and said she’d look into it.
Gotta love the LAPD Chief…what a GREAT guy. He was seriously taking no bullshit. Miraculously, within a couple of days, 60” televisions started to appear. Then they got mounted on the wall as required. Computers got installed. And the city once again tried to pull a fast one. They pulled out the desks from the middle of the room and stuck in an old rectangular conference table and some chairs and said we were good to go. But the LAPD Chief said, “not so fast. Where is the OVAL conference table you got money to buy and the chairs to go along with it?”. More stammering….”what’s wrong with this table?” she asked. He looked at her and said, “this room is set up in a particular way to maximize efficiency and productivity. Get the right table in here or I’m heading to the mayor’s office to tell him the room will not function as planned.” Guess what? The OVAL table got delivered yesterday
It took a high-ranking member of an out of state police department [...] to make sure that the room got exactly the equipment it was supposed to get. He deserves a shoutout for having the biggest balls in the City over the last couple of weeks”.
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