I interviewed a Philadelphia Deputy Police Commissioner and Philadelphia homicide detectives for a piece on cameras and crime that was published in Law Enforcement Technology magazine back in 2006.
You can read the pages above and below and/or the below text:
An Eye On Crime: Using Public Surveillance Cameras
To Capture Homicides and Other Crimes
By Paul Davis
On Tuesday morning, May 17, 2005, at 4:42 a.m., Philadelphia Police 6th District officers responded to shooting call. The responding officers discovered the body of a 48-year-old woman, a victim of a single gunshot wound to the head.
Patricia McDermott was pronounced dead at the scene. The post-mortem examination determined that the manner of death was homicide. The Philadelphia homicide detectives soon discovered that public cameras had recorded the murder.
In his crowded office in the homicide division at Philadelphia Police Headquarters — the curved 8 structured building known as The Roundhouse — Deegan notes that one of its problems has been obtaining witnesses.
A culture of "No Snitching," the slogan prominent on many T-shirts, as well as fear of retaliation from armed and dangerous criminals, limits the coming forth of witnesses. Cameras therefore play an important role in homicide investigations.
Putting an eye on crime
Planning for the future
"We sent individuals to Baltimore and Wilmington to look at their surveillance camera programs and had people visit from Chicago to give presentations on their programs," Gaittens says. "We visited Temple, Drexel and the University of Pennsylvania and looked at their surveillance programs. These universities in the city have had cameras for many years."