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      TPD's Real Time Crime Center given high marks

      The Toledo Police Department invited representatives from more than a dozen Northern Ohio law enforcement agencies to tour the department's Real Time Crime Center.

      "We're utilizing the best practices to enhance safety in this community to bring down crime and crime is going down in this community," said Police Chief Derrick Diggs.

      Steve Dettelbach, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, praised Chief Diggs for the department's high-tech surveillance and said it could be a model for other U.S. cities.

      "I should tell the people thinking of doing criminal acts of violence in Toledo that the police department is watching you 24 hours a day, seven days a week," Mr. Dettelbach said.

      The Northern Ohio Violent Crime Consortium (NOVCC) was created six years ago and representatives from the various agencies meet monthly to share information on crime fighting.

      Among the participants are the US Marshal's Service, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms, the Ohio Attorney General's Office, the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the police departments from the cities of Akron, Youngstown, Canton, Lorain Mansfield and Elyria.