Saginaw police unveil new RAPTOR Center
Wed, 14 Mar 2012 15:32:48 GMT —
Saginaw Police unveil new technology to help them in their fight against crime.
It's called RAPTOR, short for "Regional Analysis of Police Technology, Operations, and Reporting."
It gives MidMichigan police the ability to view crimes, go back in time, and connect with other agencies.
This type of technology looks like what you'd see on a prime-time police drama.
It gives officers the ability to spot nearly everything, transcend time, and save money at the same time.
When shots ring out in Saginaw, they're picked up by Shotspotter, seen on camera, and the closest police car responds.
What normally would take several minutes to accomplish now happens instantaneously.
Saginaw Police Chief Gerald Cliff says, "I think technology is the answer to a lot of our problems. We can't work any harder. We need to work smarter."
That smart technology can see a person pushing a stroller.
It's pin-point precision can make out details down the road, like license plates on vehicles.
Among the excitement of new technology comes some skepticism from the public.
Some believe it reaches too far, past personal privacy.
Saginaw's Gordon Nichols says, "They're chopping away at our civil rights."
Others believe police need to adjust to the harsh realities of our day.
Saginaw's Clinton Hollis says, "It could crack down on a lot and then judge everybody the same."
The system can go back in time up to 30-days.
It can also map of all the crimes in Saginaw from the last month and beyond.
Cliff hopes to make the system have regional reach.
Some communities, like Bay City, want to be on board.
"The only thing holding us back is money," says Bay City Police Chief Michael Cecchini.
Right now, the shot-spotter technology can be heard in all 30 Saginaw Police vehicles.
Once the 4G network is installed, police say it will be possible to see the cameras from their vehicles.