Keeping Watch

Redlands police are using more than 130 video cameras to help patrol the city

From one location inside the Redlands Police Department, cameras are keeping an eye on things.

"We now have 132 cameras in the city," according to Chief Mark Garcia of the Redlands Police Department.

The network of cameras are all controlled from police dispatch, and are aimed at different areas.

They can rotate and zoom by remote control. Many keep a watch on Redlands Mall, an area with numerous bars, banks and stores.

"Before it's even put out to the officers I could have a view of what's going on, so we can be giving them up-to-date information for the officers who are responding," said camera operator Jason Merriman.

Last Saturday one person died in a shooting outside Charlie Jewell's, a bar on the corner of Redlands Mall, and Orange Street. The entire event was recorded by police. Six people are wanted in connection with the crime.

Redlands is a smaller police department with just over 80 sworn officers.

The cameras add to the force, constantly recording. Witnesses 24/7.

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