Barack LOVES “Big Brother”…
Barack Obama visits Real Time Crime Center
US President Barack Obama paid a visit to the New York office to thank police for their efforts to track the Times Square bombing suspect.
14 May 2010
President Obama was shown how the New York police track suspected criminals and record their movements.
The $11 million centre, next door to the NYPD’s Emergency Operations Center in Police Headquarters, is designed to conduct rapid analysis of murders and shootings throughout New York.
Mr Obama was shown how staff at the bureau, which looks like a James Bond film set, used the latest technological advances to trace the movements of the May 1 Times Square bombing suspect, Faisal Shahzad.
“I know folks are busy, but I just wanted to come by to say thank you,” said Mr Obama.
“The work here is a model for the country and has been here for some time. You are professional and excellent at all times…. The country is proud of you.”
The centre employs satellite imaging and sophisticated mapping of the city, district by district.
Computer systems enable police to track suspects to all of their known addresses and point detectives to the locations where they are most likely to flee.
Faisal Shahzad was captured roughly 53 hours after the Times Square incident.