Wollmershauser indicated it’s too soon to know how TPD’s cameras would be monitored.
“It would be monitored whatever is best for the return,” he said. “Again, that is all based off of us having the manpower to do so.”
Mayor G.T. Bynum said he thinks the technology is worth considering.
“At a time when police workforce shortages are a nationwide challenge, the Tulsa Police Department is evaluating technology that can serve as a force multiplier in the field,” Bynum said. “Chief Franklin’s focus on technology and innovation is one of the main reasons I hired him for the job.
“If there are tools we can use in high crime areas that are proven to reduce crime, I would like us to consider them.”
A recent study by Comparitech, a pro-consumer technology website, found that 770 million surveillance cameras are in use worldwide, with 54% of them in China.
In a review of the 50 most populated cities in the U.S. — for which only 39 had available data — Comparitech found that almost 270,000 cameras are monitoring approximately 44 million people. Atlanta is keeping the closest watch on its residents, with 48.93 cameras per 1,000 people, and Chicago has the most cameras, with 32,000.
The top five surveilled cities in the U.S., according to Comparitech, are Atlanta, Philadelphia, Denver, Washington and San Francisco.