Wilmington police chief looks to bring real-time video system to city

Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous
Wilmington Police Chief Evangelous made a presentation to City Council Monday for a real-time crime center. (Source: WECT)

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) – Wilmington Police Department Chief Ralph Evangelous made a presentation to city council Monday about a real-time crime center he would like to bring to the department.

He defined a real-time crime center as a centralized working group of skilled personnel, both sworn and non-sworn, that directly support field operations, real-time analytics, and video-based resources.

The chief said currently they have no one dedicated to monitoring any cameras, and in a real-time crime center, there would be a wall of video feeds, from all the camera systems in the city, including traffic cameras, city cameras, boardwalk cameras, private cameras from banks, and others.

Along with watching video feeds, staffers would also screen social media, 911 calls, intelligence databases, terrorism task forces, and local, state and federal databases

According to a video in the presentation, when officers are on their way to a call, there is a three minute and 38 second window between being dispatched and arriving on scene. Chief Evangelous told City Council he is pushing for this system because it is proactive instead of reactive and it will enhance officers’ situational awareness during that time frame.

Chief Evangelous said the crime center would cost approximately $196,000 to implement, with around $150,000 going toward furniture, hardware and software, $7,748 to be used for aluminum framing systems, $14,194 for carpet replacement; and around $17,000 to go toward remodeling.

WECT’s Susanna Black will be speaking with Chief Evangelous Monday and will have more information on the real-time crime center tonight.

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