Police exhibit what the new RAPTOR surveillance and crime-mapping technology has to offer

Sunday, August 29, 2010
By Paul Martin

Gus Burns
MLive.com

SAGINAW — Before the city prepared to exhibit its new surveillance and crime-mapping advancements Thursday, Saginaw’s tech guru Jeff Klopcic seemed giddy.

The Saginaw Crime Prevention Analysis Center, in one of the old Andersen Water Park buildings, is an office walled with six flat-screen monitors, three desks and a conference table — Saginaw’s new crime-solving technology hub, said Klopcic, technical services director for the city.

Next to a bag of Taco Bell, with the new splash pad visible through the one-way window behind him, Klopcic typed away at a remote keyboard, speaking quickly and pointing to various aspects of the system.

Some of the plan is budgeted, while plans to expand surveillance by about 20 cameras and coordinate them with the ShotSpotter gunshot-detection system are expected to cost about $300,000, to be funded by earmarked federal Justice Assistance Grant dollars.

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