Operation Shield is the Atlanta Police Foundation’s core smart policing initiative. The program has installed a canopy of some 3,000 cameras across every zone of the City, each designed to be networked in real time to the Atlanta Police Department’s Video Integration Center (VIC).
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 recently launched Connect Atlanta, an initiative consisting of software upgrades that will allow thousands of additional cameras to integrate into the system. Connect Atlanta will also allow individuals and businesses to add existing cameras to a registry from which APD can request footage should a crime occur in their vicinity. Operation Shield also includes the ComNet radio system that integrates private sector security teams with APD, resulting in real time awareness and coordination of law enforcement efforts
Private residences and businesses who wish to register or integrate their cameras into the Operation Shield system can visit www.operationshield.info