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Fort Wayne Police Department adds crime fighting tool

The Fort Wayne Police Department have added a new crime fighting tool...
“I think it's going to help us solve crime and solve crime quicker,”
The Fort Wayne Police Department has a new crime fighting tool.

 The new software will help the department enhance the quality of surveillance images in the hopes of better identifying suspects.

  Detectives with the Fort Wayne Police Department say that often times when they would arrive at a crime scene, getting the surveillance video was a hassle.  Police would spend days just trying to get the surveillance video to play, and once they were able to do that, the quality of the video wasn’t great.

  Now, police will be able to focus their efforts on solving crime rather than trouble-shooting technology. 

“I think it's going to help us solve crime and solve crime quicker,” said Fort Wayne Police Chief Rusty York. 

York says the new video and image capturing system will enhance the quality of surveillance video taken from  crime scenes. 

“When we would have a bank robbery or a robbery at a convenience store, we would get the video and in many cases the quality is poor,” said York. 

Not only will the quality of the video now be enhanced, but  Detective John Helmsing says it sometimes took police days before they could even get a copy of the surveillance video. However, now detectives will be able to use  field kits to get surveillance images the day of the crime.

“It could be a couple days before we actually got the data and that is all time that we now hopefully will be able to spend actually tracking down these individuals who are responsible for crimes in our community,” said Helmsing. 

The price tag of the software and field kits cost the department about $28,000.  

Donations from local credit unions and grant money paid for the software. 

 Nina Baker, spoke on behalf of the Credit Unions of Northeast Indiana.  She hopes the money will assist police in solving crime and act as a deterrent.

“We knew that this was a great cause and wanted to do our share and we thought it was a great way for credit unions large and small to contribute,” said Baker.   

Police say they will do a few more tests with the devices and software at local banks and convenience store before training the nearly 50 detectives on staff. 

Helmsing expects the software to be used in investigations in the coming weeks
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