Real Time Crime Center Model for Arkansas Law Enforcement

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) – The cutting-edge technology used by the city of Jonesboro is becoming a model in the state of Arkansas.

The Jonesboro Police Department’s Real Time Crime Center gives officers their eyes in the sky to find out what’s going on in the community.

The crime center has more than 275 cameras across the city to help track down stolen vehicles, where suspects go after breaking the law, and investigate traffic accidents.

“We can back up the camera to see exactly what happened,” said Rachel Anderson, digital media officer with Jonesboro Police. “There is no treatment with witnesses, no hassle with insurance companies, we have everything here.”

Anderson said the crime center could also help other agencies because recently JPD was able to help Arkansas State Police after state police lost a suspect in a car chase.

“We entered the tag number into our license plate software, and saw in the last minute or so that this vehicle had entered Craighead Forest Park,” Anderson said. “We got a very clear picture of the vehicle and immediately dispatched officers.”

The center was also able to surprise children playing with pellet guns and threatening individuals. The ministry encourages all local police forces to look into technology.

The Jonesboro Police Department is also considering new cameras and 20 more license plate readers as part of phase two of the center.

The crime center will also be a major talking point during Wednesday’s mayoral caucus as the department talks about expansion.

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