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TPD seeks funding for Sky Cop software

Over 70 cameras currently monitor Toledo streets. Over 70 cameras currently monitor Toledo streets.
TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

The Toledo Police Department (TPD) has asked the city's public safety, law and criminal justice committee for additional funds to purchase software to use with the new Sky Cop cameras.

TPD currently has 73 cameras and two mobile trailers watching Toledo streets. By spring they hope to install 70 more. The software they're after would help them analyze the data from all the cameras and make geographic profiles of high crime areas, as well as predict at-risk crime areas. It would cost an additional $380,000.

The software would be chosen after a bidding process from companies such as IBM and Microsoft.

Police say it would help them take a more proactive approach to crime prevention in Toledo.

"It will allow us to discover some hidden trends and patterns in the crime right now," said Captain Michael Troendle of TPD. "This software will help us actually run the statistics on it and find more in-depth patterns and trends."

City leaders, however, argued that those funds could be used elsewhere. TPD currently uses a program called "Crime Stat" that works similar to the requested software, but it's free.

Councilman Mike Collins said the money should go toward hiring more police officers or civilian employees.

"Without street strength, I don't care how many cameras you put out there," he said. "Cameras do not put handcuffs on people. Cameras do not make the arrests."

If the committee doesn't approve the funding request, TPD could petition to have the ordinance brought before city council.

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