Inside the Real Time Crime Center at the St. Louis Metro Police Department.

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SLMPD Shows Off 600-Camera Real Time Crime Center

The lab is monitored 24 hours a day by detectives.

May 23, 2018 - 5:25 pm

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - You've seen the cameras at intersections with red and blue flashing lights throughout the city of St. Louis -- they are feeding live video to the Real Time Crime Center at the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department headquarters. 

It's a system of 600 cameras – some are autonomously reading license plates as car go by, others are listening for gunfire, and some are being controlled by a police detective sitting inside the headquarters. 

Lt. Brent Feig, who has been in charge of the operation since it began in May 2015, says at least 600 arrests have been made from the license-plate recognition cameras, alone. 

Feig says only one-third of the cameras are owned by the city, the others are all privately owned by St. Louis businesses, neighborhood watch groups and citizens. And he says they are always looking to add more cameras. 

All of the video is stored for 30 days, then deleted. But when a camera captures a crime, the video is saved and submitted to the courts as evidence.