Toledo's Police Chief reveals more on plans to bring surveillance cameras to the city

Toledo's new police chief is moving forward with plans to bring surveillance camera to the city. / Michael Melchiorre

Toledo's new police chief, Derrick Diggs, has had a tough first few weeks on the job.

With 4 shooting deaths during his first 7 days in office, Diggs had little time to implement a strategy for dealing with the surge in violence.

"As you are aware, since I've been Chief, I've had approximately 11 homicides and that is a lot of homicides to have in the first 40 days of a new chief's administration," Diggs said during a press conference on Wednesday.

In order to address the issue, the chief turned to a newly implemented crime fighting tool he calls "data driven policing".

"It started the first day I took over. Utilizing technology and collecting data to assist us in how we deploy our officers," Diggs said.

The chief says the information officers collected, combined with tips from the public, and has already helped the department solve all the city's murders committed since October 23rd, 2011.

Diggs now hopes to use the same crime analysis data to place 75 closed circuit cameras around Toledo.

"We have a new police chief that has come up with a new scheme to be able to with some of the crime we have inside of Toledo," Mayor Mike Bell said of Diggs' surveillance camera plan.

Chief Diggs says the cameras will feed into a real time crime center that will record video obtained by both "overt" and "covert" cameras.

"Some of the cameras will be self-supporting, they'll be on trailers so we can move them around....The main cameras will be on polls that are already out there," Toledo Police Lt. Michael Troendle said of the cameras.

Diggs says the mix in types of surveillance will make the investment both a reactive and proactive tool in fighting crime.

Estimated to cost between $812,000 and $1.2 million Diggs says he plans to purchase the cameras as soon as he gets the necessary approval.

"Financing for the program will not be taken from the city's general fund but instead will be used from the department TMs law enforcement trust fund, an account funded by assets confiscated through criminal investigations," Diggs said.

The chief adds that he will be working closely with the city's law department to make sure citizens' rights are not infringed on by adding the cameras.

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