AUSTIN (KXAN) - APD will install four crime surveillance cameras in the Rundberg Lane area of North Austin in June. The department said Monday they do not have the budget to monitor the cameras 24/7, but they will be monitored at times and the video will be available for 7 days.
Video from the cameras will be monitored on screens in the department's real time crime center, under construction right now inside the Austin Police Department headquarters.
"They're going to be a very big investigative tool," said Lt. Patrick Cochran. "Initially we may not have them monitored 24/7 but they will be recorded."
Inside the real time crime center, six officers will monitor radio traffic and provide real time intelligence to officers responding to calls on the street.
"They're running anything they possible can- information on the address- who normally is there, who might fit the description and they're sending that directly to the officers," said Cochran.
The center will be up and running in June, when the first of the APD cameras go online. An additional 28 cameras are set to go up in Downtown Austin in October or November.
Monday, APD robbery detective Derek Israel said cameras are vital to solving crimes.
"As an investigator, I can tell you that having a picture of someone is invaluable," said Israel.
Signs near the cameras will tell people that APD is doing surveillance in the area and the cameras will be visible to everyone.
Eventually, APD plans to stream the video live online at their website .
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