Chattanooga police to add five new public safety camera that could help with investigations

The Chattanooga Police Department is looking to add five more public safety cameras around the city.

Each camera feeds video back to the real-time intelligence center.

The department currently has 29 public safety cameras around the city, and 300 security cameras. These cameras have been used to solve a number of cases.

About a week ago, the Chattanooga Police Department was able to use surveillance footage from a public safety camera near Dodson Avenue to identify a suspect in the April 15th deadly shooting.

Investigators believe Deontae Ornez was responsible for Tymetric "Tye" Graham's death.

“Our camera was able to capture images of who we believe to be the suspect approaching the scene,” said Daniel Francis. “It didn't actually capture the incident. Then again captured people leaving the scene.”

Lieutenant Daniel Francis says these cameras provide valuable content more than half of the time they request to review the video.

The city council approved the budget for these new cameras in 2017.

The goal is to have all cameras in place within five years.

They use data to determine where the cameras should be placed.

“Crunch those numbers to see where our most violent crimes take place, and highs call for service were, and we went into those committees and talk to community members,” said Francis.

Nearly three years ago, cameras started going up around Chattanooga.

Now, police officers like Francis are working to determine the best place to put the remaining devices.

Francis says a team will also look to see if existing ones need to be relocated.

“Based on the numbers the officer input suggestions, community input suggestions,” said Francis. “Then all that information is packaged together and sent to Chief Roddy’s Office.”

The most frequent types of requests to use this footage are for shootings, shots fired reports, disorders, homicides, robberies, and assault.

Chattanooga police will eventually have 40 cameras around the Scenic City to look into public spaces for investigations.