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Springfield Police To Activate Real-Time Crime Analysis Unit


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.

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