In a recent set of events, the Chicago Police Department (CPD) hosted an orientation and training session last week, on Wednesday, May 1st, 2019, for District 19 officers. As part of the Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS) initiative, CAPS officers will be utilizing an innovative network of Cloud-based security cameras installed throughout the Roscoe Village to keep a vigilant eye on the neighborhood and deter crimes.
CAPS is a community-driven program that is specifically designed for the CPD to bridge the gap between the police force and the citizens of the Windy City.
“The centerpiece of the program is the installation of up to 30 cameras in Roscoe Village. These night vision-equipped cameras will feed fully encrypted video footage into [an Eagle Eye Networks] Cloud system that CAPS officers can access upon request as part of their investigation and crime solving efforts,” explains Bryan Niermeyer, Commercial Sales Manager at Alert Protective Services, which was chosen by the Roscoe Village Neighbors Association (RVN) to deploy the solution.
“The goal of the program is to assist police in Roscoe Village and discourage crime from occurring in the first place. As participation in the program expands, Roscoe Village will become a safer place to live, work, and play,” states Jason Elster, RVN Neighborhood Watch committee chair.
The CAPS solution comprises of Eagle Eye Networks’ cameras, bridge, switch, along with other relevant equipment. The cameras will be mounted outdoors on privately-owned buildings to provide a better view of public areas (right of way) only, along with sidewalks, streets, and intersections.
Additionally, apart from installing new cameras approved and funded by the board of Roscoe Village Neighbors, businesses and residents can purchase cameras linked to the program or bridge devices that enable linking existing cameras, mentioned the announcement.