Marietta Police starts image, video sharing program to help fight crime
by Rachel Gray
March 11, 2014 12:00 AM | 1893 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Marietta Police Department under the leadership of Chief Dan Flynn, above, is asking residents to use mobile devices and cellphones to capture images of suspected criminals and share them with investigators. <br>Special to the MDJ
The Marietta Police Department under the leadership of Chief Dan Flynn, above, is asking residents to use mobile devices and cellphones to capture images of suspected criminals and share them with investigators.
Special to the MDJ
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MARIETTA — Marietta Police Department is asking residents to use mobile devices and cellphones to capture images of suspected criminals and share them with investigators.

The public safety initiative was spurred by an increase in hit-and-run accidents in 2013, where drivers fled the scene after a vehicle accident, said Officer David Baldwin with Marietta Police.

The M-LIVE (Marietta Law Enforcement Image and Video Exchange) Program is an “efficient and effective means for the increasingly cyber-savvy public to work shoulder to shoulder with their police toward our mutual goal of maintaining a safe community,” Baldwin said.

The idea came from the “resounding success” last year by the Boston Police Department’s investigation of the Boston Marathon bombing, Baldwin said.

M-LIVE enables the police to process information from the public of specific crimes scenes.

When the Marietta Police are working on solving a specific problem, pattern, or crime, the department will broadcast a “Call Out” to request relevant images or video residents may have of the event.

The public can upload files from a computer, a mobile app, or select social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube, which will be reviewed by detectives to determine if anything useable has been captured on video.

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