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Atlantic City police, officials formally unveil surveillance center

May 24, 2017
Press Of Atlantic City

ATLANTIC CITY — The center that's full of screens and views of the city was officially unveiled Wednesday, bringing a hub to Atlantic Avenue where police can keep a closer eye on the resort town.

City and law enforcement officials gathered on the fourth floor of the public safety building for the official ribbon-cutting to the center, while offering new details into what the multimillion-dollar facility includes and what it will do for the city.

“This is just the beginning,” said police Chief Henry White at the event. “Every week we’re rolling out more and more cameras.”Since the center has been in operation, it has helped make 31 arrests and has assisted in more than 100 investigations, White said. The center has been able to monitor hundreds of cameras, with 158 sitting on the boardwalk, White said.

The grand opening brought city officials together who were thankful for the cooperation from each other to get the center up-and-running. The center was paid for by a $12 million loan from the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority through the Atlantic County Improvement Authority.

Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon Tyner said at the grand opening that it can move the city to its goal of increased safety.

“This is certainly a positive indicator that Atlantic City is committed to making the city safer and healthier for its residents and tourists alike,” Tyner said.

The system, powered by Genetec, is monitored by Class II officers 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The center is also part of PACT, or Protecting Atlantic City Together, which is a network that gives other businesses and areas a chance to connect their privately owned cameras into the system.

With the partnership, the center can monitor areas such Back Maryland, Carver Hall and School House Apartments, in addition to Tanger Outlets The Walk.

Law enforcement is asking other businesses to share their camera footage with the center, and more are to come, White said. Cameras are planned to be installed in Brown’s Park in the near future, he said.

“Everyone that has heard about the center and has been up here to take a look at it ... wants to give us access to their cameras,” White said.

Capt. James Sarkos gave a presentation of the features of the surveillance center, detailing how TIP 411 and Shotspotter appear on screens to alert officers to hone in on a certain location.