Recently, the Statesboro Police Department began partnering with Fusus, a Georgia-based IT company, and local stakeholders to share video from participating locations. The stakeholders provided Fusus access to their video systems which Fusus then integrated into a Cloud-based platform. SPD dispatchers, officers, and detectives can now access the Cloud-based video in real time or view past events to aid in investigations. The concept does two things. First, it makes our officers safer when responding to locations sharing video with SPD through Fusus since Dispatch can actually see, in real time, what they are sending officers to. Second, it allows detectives to gather video evidence without having to go to the location, find a staff member, and figure out the particular video system in use.
Four locations are currently online and sharing video with SPD. We appreciate these businesses stepping out and helping us implement Fusus locally. Our goal is to build a network of shared camera systems for law enforcement use only to help keep our officers safe and to solve crimes quickly. The importance of video evidence was highlighted during several homicide investigations in 2020, where surveillance led to the identification and arrest of the offenders.
The amount of sharing that a location agrees to can be configured by Fusus easily. If a business does not want certain cameras accessed, or accessed only in the event of an emergency, Fusus can tailor their system accordingly. The business or apartment complex does not need any special equipment to share their video except for a “core” installed on-site to allow Fusus access to the video system. We urge apartment complexes and businesses with video to consider networking their surveillance systems to Fusus. If you’d like to discuss the program, send Cpt. Akins an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d be happy to demo Fusus for you, conduct a Zoom meeting about it with managers and owners, and set up conversations between your IT professionals and Fusus techs.