Local Authorities Gain Super Bowl Homeland Security Assets
Feds Left Behind High-Tech Equipment Used During Super Bowl
8:20 AM, Feb 8, 2012
Indianapolis had a lot of federal help to keep the Circle City secure during Super Bowl XLVI and now that the festivities are over, Homeland Security officials left behind many of the high-tech assets that will keep Hoosiers safe for years to come.The digital technology from the FBI and 32 other federal agencies will also have law enforcement applications. Metro police can input real time crime incidents into the equipment and the digital technology can recognize and analyze developing crime trends and tell police where they should deploy officers.Public Safety Director Frank Straub said the high-tech equipment will help with crime prevention, RTV6's Jack Rinehart reported."If you see a burglary pattern developing, you want to start to think about where those burglars are going to go next, or where the robbers are going to go next and try and get ahead of them, or to have such a show of force that they end their activity, Straub said.The Department of Public Safety also will keep a surveillance network of 85 downtown cameras and all of the technology assets in the new $18 million regional operations center, including homeland security software programs that would have directed the mass evacuation of Lucas Oil Stadium in under 30 minutes.Indianapolis Homeland Security Chief Gary Coons said the equipment will also help authorities in the case of severe weather."Our next move after the Super Bowl is the Indianapolis 500. So, with that one, you could have a weather event, a tornado coming that way to the Indianapolis 500. Now, we've got to evacuate and get people to shelter, Coons said.Officials said the computer equipment and software left behind by Homeland Security is worth millions of dollars and will afford Indianapolis local law enforcement agencies more time to focus on fighting crime rather than tight budgets.