CPD accepting photos, videos from residents

Chicago is the first city in the U.S. to allow residents to send police photos and videos from their cell phones.

March 15, 2011 4:16:27 PM PDT
Chicago is the first city in the U.S. to allow residents to send police photos and videos from their cell phones.

All images are sent to the police department's Crime Prevention Information Center. Then they're reviewed to determine whether they should be passed to first responders or detectives.

The department began accepting images from citizens in September as part of a pilot program.

But 911 callers need to say they have photos.

"The 911 call taker will not ask for it," said OEMC Executive Director Jose Santiago. "They don't want to confuse the caller."

So far the city has received more than 40 photos from callers.