By Cheryl Fiandaca
BOSTON — Since the September 11th attacks, police have been assessing terror threat levels and gathering intelligence from thousands of sources, one of the most valuable has been surveillance cameras.
Police are now putting cameras on drones, using them to fly over large crowds, and facial recognition systems are able to find suspects in a crowd from a photo. “It’s not DNA, but it’s a nice tool in the toolbox,” Lt. Colonel Dermot Quinn said.
There is also the Star Chase system, which can make catching a suspect on the run in a car much safer. There is no need for lights and sirens. If a suspect tries to speed away from a traffic stop, officers shoot a GPS tracker onto the back of the car and use a computer to track it. “Electronically you follow the chase, rather than going 80–100 miles per hour,” explained Methuen Police Chief Joseph Solomon.