The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground. —THOMAS JEFFERSON, 1788

Big Brother alert: 12K cameras to give Atlanta police broader window to city


Atlanta police are bolstering their reach and capabilities by continuing to integrate cameras into their strategy.

Police plan to have as many as 12,000 cameras giving crime analysts a window to the city.

With the aid of the Atlanta Police Foundation, a nonprofit fundraising organization that supports the Atlanta Police Department, new technology is being developed to help police track perpetrators in cars, identify suspects in a crowd and tell police where crimes might happen.

College students work in a lab in the foundation’s downtown office testing a license plate recognition camera, analyzing crime data from an algorithm designed to predict crime and perusing an online pin-map that links to an expanding network of surveillance cameras.

And on Wednesday, officials with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security lauded the technology being developed for the city.

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