City of Shreveport explains expansion plans for crime center

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Published: Jan. 25, 2022 at 12:57 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 25, 2022 at 5:46 PM CST
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - It’s been about four months since the Shreveport Real Time Crime Center switched on its monitors for the first time.

Now city officials say they are in the works of expanding the reach of the facility’s surveillance.

Mayor Adrian Perkins said during a one-on-one interview that citizens should expect the city to “double down” on its efforts to fight crime — specifically citing a deal with SWEPCO.

“We are finalizing a deal with SWEPCO to where we are about to start hanging cameras on polls throughout the city, so we will have multiples of that by the end of this year to really reduce crime.”

As of Jan. 25, KSLA News 12 confirmed that deal has been signed. The city has access to more than 150 cameras through local businesses and citizens’ homes.

“We’ll have roughly 270 additional camera feeds ... on top of our business integration cameras,” said Keith Hanson, the city’s chief technology officer.

In November 2021, the city installed its first pole camera at the Louisiana State Fair Grounds just days after a shooting broke out at the State Fair of Louisiana, leaving a teen injured. Hanson said that pole camera was a test camera and has since been removed.

In determining where they will put the new cameras, the city will work closely with the Police Department.

“SPD knows where their hotspots are; they know where they’d like license plate recognition as well,” Hanson explained.

When asked if the center has been effective so far, he said some of the first 911 calls have come from the center for some instances. Plus, Hanson said he recently was asked to help in an arson case.

Hanson added that the cameras also can be used for other initiatives, as well.

“It’s great for police, police and fire. We’re looking at locations property standards and cameras there. Our SPAR centers need cameras in the parks, in the parking lots around the building. We have some camera systems in some places, but they’re a hodgepodge of different brands, no singular system and no one’s monitoring them.”

This deal comes following the deadliest year in Shreveport history.

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