Chief Dyer’s Real Time Crime Center tour

February 10, 2016

Fresno's policing technology produces results and is becoming a recruiting tool

Inside the Fresno Police Department's "Real Time Crime Center" officers with experience in the field sit at computers and pass along key information to officers on patrol.
"Once we show new recruits what we have in place they get pretty excited because the people we are recruiting are intimately familiar with technology today," said Chief Dyer.

ShotSpotter technology instantly pinpoints a gunshots in Fresno. This tool is producing results. Early Wednesday morning shot spotter picked up a gunshot in southeast Fresno. Officers quickly responded recovering a gun, ammo, and arresting two men, one with a felony warrant and the other on a weapons charge. ShotSpotter is leading to convictions in court.

"That is incredible evidence that you can utilize in court not only to prosecute a case, but to prevent any type of self defense claim on the part of one of the individuals," said Chief Dyer.

When police respond to an address people working inside the "Real Time Crime Center" use the "Beware" program to providing officers instant information about previous calls and the resident's criminal history. It's information that allows officers in the field to make safer decisions.
"Maybe they call in a helicopter, or a K9, or do what's called a surround and call out where they have the people exit the residence versus going up to the door," said Chief Dyer.

143 traffic cameras are monitored and 180 policing cameras are controlled inside the room, but that's not all. They also have access to 800 cameras overlooking Fresno School Campuses.
"if we need to go in and access the floor plan of that entire school, not only do we have it in here, but it's on every single patrol car," said Chief Dyer.

Chief Dyer says now police can quickly address any violence on campus.

"Not only to see where the suspect is, but where the students are and then guide our officers in accordingly," said Chief Dyer.

The vision of police leaders going forward is to expand shot spotter technology and to try to develop even more cameras to keep an eye on the city.

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