California Police Chief- Fall 2013 - Page 24

For example, with the tap of a few buttons on his touch screen, Snowden can pan and zoom to get a live view of famous Rodeo Drive, thanks to some of the near-200 fixed-post cameras that have been installed throughout Beverly Hills. He can also monitor and transmit on police radio frequencies from his iPhone. “Technology is making everyone’s job in law enforcement much easier,” Snowden said. “We are years removed from having to strictly rely on the observation of officers. We now have what we call ‘passive monitors’ to help us do our job.” Like other law enforcement agencies, the Beverly Hills PD has been wracked by budget woes. With 140 sworn officers three years ago, the agency has been whacked to 124 sworn officers (with money for up to 127) following a painful budget hit of $3.5 million. Some programs were eliminated or reduced, including DARE. Still, tough times haven’t prevented the Beverly Hills PD from becoming --- and remaining --- a leading law enforcement agency when it comes to st ?????????????????????????????????????)??????????????e???????????????????????????)??????????????????????????????????)???????????????????????????????????) ?????!???????????????????????????)????????????????)?????????? ?????!????A???????????????)??????????????1AH????????????????)1??????A????I??????Q?????????????????????)????????????????????]??????????????)?????????????????????????????????)??????????????????????????????????)?????????????????????????????????????????)????????????????????????1AH???????((??()?() ??????Q??? ????()Q??? ?????!????A??????????????1AH????)????????????????????????????????????)????????????????????????????????????????????????????M???????????????)??????????????????????????????????????)??????????M????????????????M?????) ?????1???????????A????????????????e???)???????????????????????????)????]???)??????????1A?)M??????????????????????????????????)????????????????????????????????????)1???????? ????A?????? ????????????????) ?????????A?????? ??????????????????1) ?????A?????? ?????e??????????????=????) ?????A??????????M??????e?????????????)??????1???????????)Q??? ?????!????A???????????????????q????)???????t????????????????????????????)???????????????????????????????)??????]????????????????????????????)???????????????????????????????????????????)???????????????????????????????????????)???????????????????????????????) ????????????????????????????????? ????)!????????????????????????????????????)??????????T?L?????????????????????????)????????? ????????9??e????]?????????? ?)??????????????????????????????????]???)??????????????????????? ?????!???????)???????????????????????????????????????)??????????????!????????M????????????) ?????!????A???????????????????????)M??????????) ?????!????????????????????????????????)??????????????????????????]??? ??????????????????????????????????????????????()??????????????????????????????!???????)M??????M??????????)M????????????????????= ?????????)A??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????)?????????????????????????????????????)????????????Q???????????A??????????????????)?????????????????????????????????? ????)!?????Q????????????????????????????????????)???????M??????????)M????????????????????? ?????!????)??????????????????????????????????????????)??????????????????????????????????????+?qA?????????????????????????????????e????t)M?????????)????????A???!?????????A????? ????????)???????????????????????????????????)??????+?q%????????????????????????????????t)M????????????q??? ?????!?????????????????)?????????????????????????????????'?e?????)?????????t)?????????????????????????????????????????)????????????????????????????????????????)??????????????!????Q???? ????Q??????)???????????????????????????????????????)????????????????qQ?????????????????)????????????????????????????????????)????????Q??????????????????????????????t)M??????????)?????M??????q'?e?????????????????$?????e?)??????????????t????????????????)??????????????A??????????????????????9??????) ????????()M?????????()?((??((0