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I-Team: New technology could help police gather, analyze information faster

Published: Monday, February 03, 2020 @ 4:30 PM

On the eve of the six-month anniversary of the Oregon District mass shooting some new technology is on the way to help local law enforcement officers.

It’s designed to give police critical information in real time when there’s a mass shooting, bank robbery or child abduction.

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News Center 7’s I-Team investigated the new technology to see how it works and how it will be used in the Miami Valley.

The night of the Oregon District shooting police were already on the scene on patrol and took down the gunman within seconds.

But a new computer-driven system that will be brought online in March will analyze information from traffic cameras and other sources and then send it to first responders.

“We were fortunate that our officers were right there when it started,” Dayton Assistant Police Chief Eric Henderson said. “But when they’re not...it would be great to have additional information coming in.”

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The system is from a company called Banjo and is already being used in Utah. It can collect and analyze information gathered from potentially hundreds or thousands of sources and in real time.

“Speed is the answer,” said Montgomery County Sheriff Rob Streck. “That never changes. The quicker you can find out suspect information, victim information, eyewitness information the better you’re investigation is going to be.”

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost is providing $295,000 in funding for a one-year pilot project.

In one example of what the technology can do, Yost said whether it’s a mass shooter or a child abduction, being able to quickly locate a car could be crucial.

“Everything is within its reach,” he said.