(WMC-TV) – Southaven police are turning to television in an effort to curb crime, or even stop it before it happens.
Their new tool is making it easier for officers to gather statistics and information 24 hours a day to help them tackle crime.
They call it SPDTV, or Southaven Police Department TV.
"We have a large screen TV posted in our roll call room and we have another in the common area where the officers can sit," said Lieutenant Mark Little.
It displays the latest information cops on the street need to know about, and includes crime statistics right down to the street.
Officers are allowed to pass along and share information with each other and identify certain hot spots.
"They can say, 'Hey, I've been seeing this,' and we can actually research and say, 'We need to check this out,' and we can put it out to the other shifts," said Lt. Little.
Officers can not only tell where crime is happening, but also what time of day it occurs.
They can even add extra patrols to problem areas.
When asked how well SPDTV was working, Lieutenant Little said in June, Southaven saw 30 car and home break-ins. So far this month, there have only been three, and Little says he expects the number of July burglaries to be cut in half.
The Southaven Police Department also has an online crime mapping program for the public to use to view crime in the area. Click here and type Southaven, Mississippi in the search box.