In the spring of 2013, Brinks Corporation generously donated one of its armored vehicles to the Evanston Police Department, thereby advancing departmental efforts to improve the quality of life in neighborhoods by reducing crime and disorder.
At a cost of less than $20,000 the department’s technical services detective adapted the donated vehicle for overt surveillance. It can be activated remotely for unmanned recording, thereby enhancing cost-effectiveness by removing the need for sworn personnel to man it for hours at a time. Further, being battery-operated, the vehicle can be deployed for a week without recharging. Finally, it is equipped with a pan-tilt zoom camera that records at a distance in excess of 1,000 feet and five additional cameras that collectively can record images from all angles.
The department has deployed this surveillance-vehicle effectively, reducing crime in areas characterized by thefts, habitual disturbances, and complaints of drug-related activity. Additionally, the vehicle has been deployed to special events and to public transportation facilities. Notably, and as is congruent with citizens’ rightful expectation of privacy, each deployment videotaped public areas exclusively.
Given this vehicle’s success as a part of Evanston Police Department’s deployment strategy, the department will continue to utilize this asset for the foreseeable future.
Police Chief: Richard Eddington
1454 Elmwood Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201
Non emergency: 847.866.5000
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