Operation Shield, our network of more than 16,000 public and private sector cameras, monitors Atlanta’s neighborhoods, business centers, major public spaces, and thoroughfares. The cameras are integrated into APD’s Video Integration Center which provides real-time monitoring and dispatching of police to trouble spots.
The VIC monitors networked cameras in real time, enabling APD to enhance police visibility and crime deterrence. Atlanta’s taxpayers have greatly benefited from the public/private partnership that has built out this unique law enforcement system. Under the auspices of APF, private sector companies have provided the funding for 80 percent of the system, freeing APD resources for other urgent law enforcement needs.
Along with the City of Atlanta, APF launched Connect Atlanta, an initiative consisting of software upgrades that will allow thousands of additional cameras to integrate into the system. Connect Atlanta allows individuals and businesses to register their cameras with APD, which enables APD, with the consent of the camera owner, to access the video footage when investigating a crime on or near the camera location. Connect Radio, formerly known as COMNET, gives local businesses direct contact with an E911 dispatcher in the event of an emergency on their private property. Connect Radio allows private sector security teams to integrate with APD, resulting in greater coordination of law enforcement efforts and a higher degree of real-time awareness by police.
Private residences and businesses who wish to register or integrate their cameras into the Operation Shield system can visit www.operationshield.info