Laura Millar
Brookline-Scott-Still.jpgOfficer Scott Wilder, Director of Technology for the Brookline, MA Police Department sat down with our team to discuss using PublicEye during the 2014 Boston Marathon. After the tragic events of the 2013 Marathon, local police wanted a way to tap into surveillance cameras and other real-time information from in the field. By deploying PublicEye on their phones and tablets, the Brookline PD was able to solve those challenges for both the Marathon and their daily operations.
During the marathon, Brookline filled the streets with officers both in cars and on foot. Traditional mobile data computers, bolted to the cruiser’s dash, cannot be installed in unmarked cars or provide value outside of the vehicle. Officer Wilder’s team knew they needed new devices to keep everyone on the same page. “Here in Brookline, we felt a real need to be able to get information out to our officers that are out on the street, in unmarked vehicles.” Tablets, armed with PublicEye, provided the portability and function that Brookline needed. They needed “to be able to view, interact, see what’s going on out in the street through an application that’s easy to use and seamless.” Click the video below to watch Officer Wilder talk about Brookline PD’s experience.

Eyes on the Street
Brookline PD combined PublicEye with their existing Larimore CAD system and a series of Rapidly Deployable Cameras from AthenX. With a single tap on their tablet, the department had access to cameras distributed along the race’s route. The entire team was able to monitor their live surveillance feeds, from any location.

Eyes on the Team

Brookline-PD-cruiser.jpgWith the whole department out in force, the command staff in Brookline needed a way to see the whereabouts of their team. For a massive event like the Marathon, Brookline wanted to not only see the location of their vehicles, but the real-time location of their uniformed and plainclothes officers on foot. With PublicEye on an iPhone or iPad, the plainclothes officers were able to blend in. Officer Wilder said, “They have all this information, and as far as anybody’s concerned, they’re just another person with an iPad or an iPhone in their hands.” 

Eyes on the Community
runners_on_camera.png“It’s all about mobility now, and giving […] information to officers out on the street,” said Wilder. Departments that have embraced smartphones and tablets are quickly seeing the benefits of mobilizing their force. In addition, departments are leveraging social media such as Twitter to increase citizen engagement, broadcast information, and monitor public communication. With PublicEye, the Brookline police department can access live, mapped Tweets surrounding incidents and events anywhere in their jurisdiction. Thanks to the comprehensive features now available to Brookline, Wilder states that PublicEye is “going to change how we do policing here.”
To learn more about how your department can tap into the power of PublicEye, visit us at www.publiceyes.com, or give us a call at (603) 881-9191!

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