We formed a police foundation to raise philanthropic dollars for critical police needs, and I spent increasing amounts of time seeking donations. We created an adopt-a-precinct program to help with improvements to the buildings. We bought computers with city money and eventually got many more donated; by placing them in cars, we could give our officers on patrol access to critical information and the ability to write reports without coming back to a precinct. Through philanthropy we eventually had the resources to embrace more cutting-edge technology, from hundreds of public safety cameras installed in communities to gunshot-detection and -location technology.
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