Dallas Police Department launches “Starlight” pilot program
A safer Dallas.
The Dallas Police Department, Safer Dallas and Motorola launched a new crime-fighting initiative called “Starlight” to aid in preventing crimes in Dallas.
The state-of-the-art software and camera system will help the Dallas Police Department prevent crimes from occurring at businesses such as retail outlets, convenience stores and gas stations. With Motorola’s ingenuity, police officers at headquarters will be able to see in real-time what is happening at establishments that use the technology. Officers will be able to immediately dispatch a patrol unit to the scene.
Additionally, the software embedded in the system has the ability to recognize anomalies that might indicate a crime in progress, such as a camera being covered or tampered with, sudden movements by individuals in view of the camera. This too, would notify personnel that a crime may be in progress, creating a “virtual patrol.” The technology will help keep officers safe because they will know ahead of time what to expect before arriving at a potential crime scene.
The following stores are a part of the launch:
- 7-Eleven, 2911 E. Ledbetter Road – District 4
- 7-Eleven, 2503 Lemmon Avenue – District 14
- Ferguson Food Mart and Texaco Gas Station – District 9
Each store is equipped with cameras, signage and blue light. The blue light indicates that the establishment is protected and monitored by the Dallas Police Department in real-time. The store identified for the launch are establishments that receive a high volume of calls for police services.
Written by, Anastasia Reed