Security camera helped authorities in Boston identify the bombers. Those cameras are just one of many tools law enforcement use everyday. Those tools are things that police right here in central Wisconsin rely on.
If you're ever in downtown Stevens Point, you're bound to notice a security camera with a 360-degree view. The video is instantly seen back at the Stevens Point Police Department.
"We always have eyes in the downtown area," said Stevens Point Police Department Assistant Chief Tom Zenner.
That's the whole point. The camera in downtown Stevens Point was installed several years ago.
"It really began as monitoring the crowd, and assist us in some investigations," Zenner told Newsier 9.
Zenner has been with the Stevens Point Police Department for almost 20 years. He said technology is constantly changing.
"Who knows where it's going to be five years from now because it's continually evolving," said Zenner.
The Stevens Point Police Department has two cameras in the city. The first is the one downtown, and the other is in a city park. Police said those camera help officers protect the community.
"What really works well, we're able to coordinate, prior to our arrival, exactly where we need to go. We have personnel monitoring it, to let us know where to go before we get there," said Zenner.
Zenner told Newsline 9 more cameras could soon be on the way, "You're always going to add cameras. It's an ebb and flow thing. Where's your issue?"
Officials said it's not just useful in real time, because the camera also record.
"We can also dial it back to a certain time, so if we have something pinned down to a thirty minute period, we can see it," said Zenner.
With more cameras, police said they can be even more useful in helping protect the community.
Stevens Point police officials said they hope to get more cameras in the future. They added the current cameras will be upgraded as well.