January 7, 2019 - Marietta Police Department announces their new Systems in Marietta Intersecting with Law Enforcement (SMILE) program.
Our goal is to build a secure map of surveillance camera systems already installed within the city. In the event a crime occurs, investigators could view the new SMILE map to determine which cameras may have captured images of a suspect. This new map will not have access to any cameras or systems, but simply document their locations as well as the contact information the owner provided. The map will only be accessible to law enforcement personnel. The SMILE program is completely voluntary, confidential, and free. Homeowners and business owners retain all system access, videos and images just like they always have. Providing investigators with this new map will reduce the time walking neighborhoods and potentially speed up investigations.
Homeowner Associations began inquiring last year about private Automated License Plate Readers (ALPR) for their subdivisions. One such system, installed as a trial, was responsible for the apprehension of a wanted felon as well as the recovery of a stolen vehicle in an ongoing investigation. The MPD supports the use of these technologies as a way of deterring crime as well as providing valuable information if a crime occurs. ALPR locations will be a valuable addition to the SMILE map.
Residents and business owners are urged to join us in assembling this crime-fighting map.