By Gregg Levin
Security Technology & Design
Wireless system makes citizens, businesses and tourists feel more secure in the city's downtown area
For the Dallas Police Department, protecting the nation's ninth-largest city requires an unblinking focus on crime prevention while continually orchestrating the next series of moves to improve the overall security of citizens, businesses and visitors alike.
In this quest, the Dallas Police Department has relied on an enabling and increasingly effective partner: the deployment of the newest technology tools for deterring, detecting and investigating crime. The department, which includes some 3,000 officers and 500 civilian employees, was an early proponent of using video surveillance technology to reduce crime. The success of its pilot project, launched in early 2005, proved the viability of video surveillance cameras as an effective security, apprehension and crime-reduction tool.