It’s common to see on crime tv shows – police dispatchers huddled around a bank of computer screens, feeding officers real-time information so they can react to crime scenes in the field. But that’s not just a television trope, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office is installing a new real-time crime center that will employ dispatchers who have access to traffic cams, criminal databases, online property maps, and more resources to give to officers as they respond to crimes and emergencies in real time. The ‘virtual response’ shaves potentially life-saving minutes off of response times, and keeps both officers and civilians safer. Already major cities like New York and Atlanta have installed similar centers in recent years, and now Columbia County, just west of Augusta, is stepping into the future of law enforcement response.
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