Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Makes Streets Safer with Wireless Video Surveillance

"The quality of video is truly evidence-grade, which will serve us well not only to deter crime, but to help our district attorneys prosecute crime."

Sheriff's deputies at Century Station, part of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, are now using "digital eyes" to protect citizens on the streets of Lynwood, Calif., and the surrounding unincorporated areas. As part of its Advanced Surveillance and Protection Plan (ASAP), the department has deployed a wireless video surveillance network enabled by Firetide Inc., a leading developer of wireless mesh and access networks. The deputies have already made several arrests as a direct result of this surveillance, including one when deputies spotted a drug deal in progress in the park next to a neighborhood school.

ASAP serves to expand the use of advanced technologies in the field, strengthen criminal prosecution with video evidence, and provide real-time intelligence to improve officer safety. Technologies incorporated into ASAP also include acoustic gunshot detection and automatic license plate recognition.

"Wireless video surveillance is changing the way we serve and protect the community," said Capt. James Hellmold of Los Angeles County Century Sheriff's Station. "It is a very effective force multiplier and officer safety tool. The quality of video is truly evidence-grade, which will serve us well not only to deter crime, but to help our district attorneys prosecute crime."


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