With plans for more surveillance cameras, New Orleans officials tout ‘vital role’ of Real-Time Crime Center

The city’s nucleus for monitoring 24-hour streams of city-owned surveillance cameras is planning to add dozens of cameras installed outside homes and businesses to its network.

The New Orleans Police & Justice Foundation SafeCam NOLA program has 6,000 cameras in its index, made up of privately owned cameras that are registered with the program to be accessed by law enforcement.

SafeCam Platinum — which began its soft launch in October — integrates cameras installed outside homes and businesses into the center’s network, creating a “21st century neighborhood watch,” foundation director Melanie Talia said at a press conference recognizing the first year of the city’s Real-Time Crime Center.