The Akron Police Department is tapping into the world of technology and social media to help quickly solve cases and catch criminals using training they received from the FBI and the Philadelphia Police Department
New equipment given to the department helps police process surveillance video at a faster speed and allows police to quickly upload a video to social media. The videos include information about the crime along with freeze frames to help get a clearer picture of the suspect.
Mayor Don Plusquellic said people should think twice before committing a crime in Akron.
"I'd like to give people a reason for a big headline or something," said Plusquellic. "The crooks should really go to Hudson or Columbus or somewhere else because in Akron, Ohio, they're going to get caught. So why commit the crime if you know you 're going to be on tape. You might as well go somewhere else."
Akron police Chief James Nice said the department has already had success with the Digital Imaging Response Team, also known as DIVRT.
Below is one of the videos posted by the Akron Police Department using the new equipment.
The average person is captured on surveillance 72 times per day by private businesses and home video cameras, according to Nice.
Akron police have already had success with the program. Now they want businesses, residents and neighbors to register their surveillance cameras by calling Akron's 3-1-1 call center. It gives police a better chance of locating a camera right after the crime happened.
"So, if you're not using social media to solve crimes, you're behind. And I think Akron is right there, in the front," Nice said.