A Hamilton County Ohio Judge is hearing applause from across the country after his ruling that said speed cameras installed in one local village were nothing more than a sham to collect revenue, not increase public safety as they would have you think. [Read more…]
The City of Cincinnati already has plenty of cameras watching citizens as they come and go—118 to be exact. But the police department wants more, and has a goal of having 1,000 cameras trained on the area by the end of 2014. [Read more…]
It’s a sign of the times—even smaller cities are getting their share of police surveillance cameras. Despite criticism and privacy concerns, cities across the state are being littered with cameras that record everything, all in hopes of preventing crime or catching bad guys. But, are they worth the effort? Toledo Police seem to think so. [Read more…]
Weinland Park has experienced a drop in crime rates—a 46 percent drop in the past year. The Hilltop saw a 44 percent decrease, and both Mount Vernon and Linden have experienced drops of 14 percent. What do these Columbus communities have in common? They’ve all had police cameras installed.
After spending two years with only an automatic license plate reader as a partner, a local Ohio police officer says it is an invaluable law enforcement tool. Interesting details on it’s use are provided in this news item in the Dayton Daily News. [Read more…]
Brimfield Township is the latest Ohio law enforcement agency to deploy high tech license plate scanning devices to identify and flag drivers wanted by the police. These cameras mounted on police cars and connected to computer systems inside the police car alter officers to the nearby presence of cars that are being sought by law enforcement and government agencies. [Read more…]
Called AXON, Autonomous eXtended on-Officer Network, a system of miniature cameras is being tested by a group of Cincinnati police officers with hopes for the cameras going department-wide by this summer. According to USA Today several departments across the country are conducting trials on these cameras from Taser International. [Read more…]