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Springfield Police To Activate Real-Time Crime Analysis Unit

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Beginning Monday, officers in the largest police department in western Massachusetts will have assistance from a real-time analysis center.

The Springfield Police Department said its real-time crime intelligence center is ready to officially “go live.” 

Plans for the center were announced two-and-a-half years ago by Police Commissioner John Barbieri.

" The goal is to provide ( officers) with as much information so they have situational awareness when they arrive to a call that involves violence or property crimes or other critical instances," explained Barbieri.

  The center receives video feeds from all city-owned traffic cameras and some private security cameras with permission from the owners.

 Crime analysts have access to numerous data bases containing information on criminal suspects.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.