The Los Angeles Police Department details use of its current surveillance system to provide critical, real-time information during high-traffic events:
March 13, 2012, 6:39 AM — As the second-largest metropolitan area in the United States, Los Angeles is home to four million residents and the mecca for most of the entertainment industry’s high-profile events. The almost constant stream of celebrity-infused happenings that require serious crowd control keeps the Los Angeles Police Department very busy.
Knowing the city could always be target, the Counter Terrorism and Special Operations Bureau of LAPD several years ago began to seek out a surveillance system that includes cameras easily installed on a temporarily basis for covert investigations– as well as for pre-planned public events in order to manage crowd safety.
The department migrated from a cumbersome system that required officers to be nearby and did not allow for surveillance from remote locations, to its current system, which includes high-definition cameras that stream video to a remote command post and is also agile enough for use in densely-packed, large-crowd events. Rich Cowgill of the LAPD’s Technical Support Unit details how the organization found the system it is working with now, and the challenges they met along the way.