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The Real Time Crime Center (RTCC) is a centralized technology center for the New York (NYPD) and Houston Police Departments. Its purpose is to give field officers and detectives instant information to help identify patterns and stop emerging crime.
The RTCC opened on July 18, 2005 and provides support 24/7. The center was built at a cost of $11 million. The information in the center is available to the 37,000 police officers of the New York City Police Department. The RTCC was funded in part by grants from the non-profit New York City Police Foundation.
RTCC data sources include a data warehouse in which billions of records are made available to detectives and other officers within minutes, instead of days or weeks. These include:
The Crime Center employs satellite imaging and mapping of New York City (using Geographic Information System software) precinct-by-precinct. The link analysis capacity of the RTCC can track suspects to their known addresses and point detectives to the locations where they are most likely to flee.
The Real Time Crime Center was built with the oversight of integrated solution provider Dimension Data.