LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - The Lafayette Police Department is keeping public safety a priority with new technology upgrades. The department recently completed work on its new Analysis and Response Center, or ARC.
Chief Patrick Flannelly said the center gives the department different ways to collect information on how to best deploy resources.
"What makes this room work is the people. It's the command staff and the officers that we have dedicated to working in here collecting and sorting through the information, making sense of it and then sharing that back out,” said Flannelly.
Officers can access cameras across Greater Lafayette, including school surveillance cameras. The center also tracks where and when officers are responding to calls. Analytics from calls are also accessible in the ARC.
"It looks pretty cool, it's kind of fun to see some of the things happening in real time, but this is really just the start for us,” said Flannelly. "We're a growing city, which is a great thing. And that presents some unique challenges and some unique opportunities.
"This center gives us the opportunity to be better prepared for that and to, God forbid, if we had to react, to have cameras and agreements and things already in place to pull up information that will help our response,” said Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski.
Roswarski said this is just another example of how the city is working to keep citizens safe.
“We want resources through technology to really begin to make a difference,” said Roswarski.