600 cameras monitored at St. Louis' Real Time Crime Center

Cameras all around St. Louis City feed into the Real Time Crime Center, where officers can look at them in an effort to cut down on crime. Credit: KMOV

Cameras all around St. Louis City feed into the Real Time Crime Center, where officers can look at them in an effort to cut down on crime.

The program was started three years ago. Lt. Brent Feig says St. Louis has about 600 cameras in place that feed into the center. You can see the cameras that are often mounted on stop lights, they have red and blue flashing lights.

“This is a working center, 24-7/365. I have eight officers assigned to this center that are staffing it 24/7,” said Feig.

The center includes a license plate recognition system, cameras that spot stolen vehicles or those registered to a felony suspect.

“Our license plate recognition system that came online in the summer of 2015 has been responsible for over 600 arrests, felony arrests as a result of those license plate recognition cameras,” said Feig.

There is also a shot spotter system that picks up gunshots. A recent recording of recent shooting picked up 25 rounds, Feig said.

Feig added that police would like to grow the system. Currently, only a small percentage of the city is covered by the cameras.

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