CHICAGO (AP) – Chicago police officers may soon be able to access the city’s approximately 35,000 surveillance cameras through phones provided by the city.
Jonathan Lewin of the Chicago Police Department’s Bureau of Technological Services says the officers will be testing technology that also will allow them to control the cameras’ zooming and panning capabilities. Officers on the city’s West Side will begin tests next month.READ MORE: Bears Head Coach Matt Nagy Confirms Justin Fields Has Cracked Ribs, Denies Latest Round Of Rumors
Lewin says accessing the cameras is currently not an option for officers who rely on standard laptop computers mounted to squad car dashboards. Those laptops will be removed and replaced with a phone dock that will serve as a charger and sync information from the phone with a dash-mounted screen that’s attached to a keypad.READ MORE: Former Chicago Bear Dan Hampton Faces Driving While Intoxicated Charge After Recent In Northwest Indiana
Lewin says the phones will be capable of everything the old laptop computers did, such as displaying dispatch assignments and allowing officers to run name and vehicle checks.MORE NEWS: Chicago Weather: Slight Warm Up On The Way
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