Broward, Fla., School Security Plan Includes Thousands of Security Cameras

By Wayne K. Roustan, South Florida Sun Sentinel — August 15, 2019 2 min read
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The sheriff’s office in Broward County, Fla., is promoting an added layer of security as the new school year begins.

Sheriff Gregory Tony has unveiled the Real Time Crime Center, designed to anticipate and/or react to threats by monitoring 10,000 cameras in more than 260 public school and administrative buildings.

Broward County Superintendent Robert Runcie said he plans to add another 2,500 cameras in schools and invest $53 million on added security personnel.

The sheriff’s office oversees the jurisdiction in and around Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, where a gunman attacked on Feb. 14, 2018, and killed 17 students and staff members, and injured 17 others.

The Real Time Crime Center can also monitor cameras at Broward Sheriff’s headquarters, several substations, jails, helicopters, license plate readers, GPS electronic monitors and the SaferWatch app.

The goal of the expanded Threat Management Division is to deter, detect, and relentlessly investigate persons and/or groups who desire to wound or kill masses of people at schools, places of worship, places of business and large scale public events, officials said.

“We have improved the way we gather intelligence and respond to potential threats,” Tony said, in a statement. “We now have cutting-edge technology to identify and investigate potentially dangerous threats to our community.”

The new Real Time Crime Center has a 40-foot main video wall, a 16-foot side-video wall, 20 workstations for personnel, cubicles for Threat Management Unit personnel and a conference room. The estimated total cost is $2 million which is being paid for by re-appropriated funds and through acquiring grants, officials said.

Since January, the Unit has run 140 drills within Broward’s schools to test the camera system. Personnel have monitored and given tactical guidance to officers at the scene of 142 real-life incidents within the schools, including lockdowns for crimes happening on and off school property.

During that time, according to the sheriff’s office, the Unit has investigated 175 cases, resulting in 41 arrests, including 29 adults and 12 juveniles. Arrest warrants were also issued for five out-of-state cases from California, Colorado, Georgia, Ohio and Virginia for felonies that included attempted murder, aggravated stalking, and written death threats.

Those suspects have been sent to, or are awaiting, extradition to Broward County to face charges.

Copyright (c) 2019, South Florida Sun Sentinel. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency.


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