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NYPD Expanding Security Network Over Manhattan

NYPD Expanding Security Network Over Manhattan

New York Daily News via YellowBrix

July 29, 2011

NEW YORK – The city’s top cop said Thursday the ever-expanding network of security cameras monitoring Manhattan streets and subways has played a key role in scores of recent arrests.

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said the so-called Ring of Steel technology has helped cops nab about 100 criminals in the subways in the past eight months alone.

Most of those bandits were collared for assault, purse-snatching and robbery. In one case, cops used aboveground cameras to retrace the steps of a suspect in a sexual assault as he walked from the crime scene back to his job, Kelly said.

The NYPD developed the Ring of Steel following 9/11, hoping it would become an important crimefighting tool, particularly in the battle against terrorism.

Since then, by adding cameras from businesses to the program, the fledgling system has been expanded greatly.

“The structure is in place to significantly increase the number of cameras at the right spots,” Kelly said yesterday before cops led reporters on a tour of the system’s command center in lower Manhattan.

The network was originally intended to run south from Canal St. and also cover midtown from river to river between 30th and 60th Sts.

Right now, there are about 1,800 closed-circuit cameras in place, divided equally between midtown and downtown.

When the system is completed, it will feature as many as 3,000 cameras, Kelly said.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority joined the program last summer, adding 590 cameras throughout the subway system.

The high-tech network cost about $200million, with the city contributing $8 million and the federal Department of Homeland Security footing the rest of the bill.

It has also proven effective in tracking down people who mistakenly leave a bag on a sidewalk – normally innocent moments of forgetfulness that must be treated seriously because of the terrorism threat, Kelly said.

The command center, perched in a skyscraper’s penthouse, has a 40-foot-tall wall of television screens showing camera footage. In an adjacent area, there is a command center for monitoring radiation detectors from throughout the city.

Kelly said video footage will automatically be deleted unless it relates to a specific investigation.

  • Esu_patch_max50


    almost 3 years ago


    I understand eventually they will be looking to tie all city agencies cameras into the NYPDs overall surveiilance network by using the same software.

  • Justified_max50


    almost 3 years ago


    May just be my age showing but I don't have a real problem with monitored surveilance of these areas. As long as they are being used for their intended purpose. A gun in the wrong hands is a dangerous thing, but in the right hands it can save a life (or more).

  • Pug_max600_max50


    almost 3 years ago


    NYC is fast approaching London in the "big brother" eve in the sky. A criminal driven enterprise..........

  • Thinker_max50


    almost 3 years ago


    NY will soon be another London. Not a fan of being watched/monitored in public 24/7, but unfortunately it is becoming a necessity...

  • Caduceus_max50


    almost 3 years ago


    Alright. Way to Go.


  • Me_last_wk_max50


    almost 3 years ago



  • Picture_100_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Top_Cat, I agree 100%. Good tools when used correctly. It will pay for its self over time.

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