Video surveillance plays key role in Boston's bombing investigation

In an evolving world of slashed public safety budgets, video is being relied upon as a law enforcement force multiplier

“If we can tell the city manager and police chief that we can show them how to finance their PSIM, their VMS and cameras without additional tax initiatives or pulling funds from other city projects, they can make a plausible pitch for implementation,” said Welton of the program he called ‘Performance Contracting’.

Any public safety official will agree that video cameras are not a substitute for line officers. However, the quick resolution to the terror events at this week’s Boston Marathon certainly demonstrate that if  cameras are combined with other proactive law enforcement procedures, they can be a technology asset. 

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