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6 podcast episodes about real time crime centers to add to your playlist

Discover how these high-tech hubs are changing the landscape of law enforcement

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Each podcast in our roundup offers a unique perspective on the impact of real time crime centers.

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By Police1 Staff

In an era where technology and law enforcement converge to create safer communities, real time crime centers (RTCCs) stand at the forefront of this transformation.

These high-tech hubs leverage the latest in surveillance, data analytics and communication tools to provide officers on the ground with real-time information, aiding in quicker response times and more informed decision-making. To shed light on the inner workings, challenges and successes of these pivotal operations, we’ve curated a list of insightful podcasts that take you behind the scenes of RTCCs across the globe.

Each podcast in our roundup offers a unique perspective on the impact of real time crime centers, from interviews with the architects who design them to the officers who rely on them daily. Whether you’re a law enforcement professional seeking to learn about the latest innovations in your field, a technology enthusiast curious about the application of big data and AI in public safety, or simply a concerned citizen interested in how your community is protected, these podcasts provide a comprehensive look into the world of real-time crime fighting.

Discover how RTCCs are changing the landscape of law enforcement, one episode at a time.

1. Shop Talk: Chris Henningsen — Real Time Crime Centers and the Future of Policing

Chris Henningsen started as a cadet in 1998, then served as a parking control checker and police aide, and evolved to a crime analyst. He’s now leading the team at the Scottsdale Police Department’s Real Time Crime Center.

2. ATWJE: Nikki “Nichole” North — Real Time Crime Center Analyst

Nikki North is the Real Time Crime Center Supervisor at the Flagler County (Florida) Sheriff’s Office. In this episode, she shares how she utilized her forensics investigations degree in her law enforcement career, and how she transitioned from a dispatcher to a crime analyst to the current real time crime center (RTCC) supervisor. Nikki spearheaded the creation of her agency’s RTCC, and has presented to multiple entities on how other agencies can create their own. She was recently named President of the National Real Time Crime Center Association.

3. Public Sector Future: Joseph Courtesis on Real Time Crime Centers

Joseph Courtesis, former Inspector of the New York City Police Department (NYPD), retired in 2020 after 27 years of service. Courtesis discusses his experience leading the NYPD’s Real Time Crime Center, what it is, and how it has supported communities in New York. He also shares his lessons for other public sector organizations.

4. Real News: Sheriff Simmons

Escambia County Sheriff Chip Simmons provides an update on his agency’s Real Time Crime Center.

5. Policing Matters: Dalton Webb on how RTCCs arm officers with information

In this episode of Police1’s Policing Matters, former Ft. Worth Police Department Sergeant Dalton Webb discusses the impact of technology-driven policing on officer safety and crime prevention.

6. Policing Matters: Jamie Hudson on Elk Grove’s Real Time Information Center

In this episode of Police1’s Policing Matters, Jamie Hudson, Real-Time Information Center Manager at the Elk Grove (California) Police Department discuss how his agency is using technology to harness information and intelligence.