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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

Emergency dispatchers are the central nervous system of every police department. They bridge the gap between the trouble and the people who are responding to help.

But they've always faced one major obstacle since the dawn of radio communication, and that's a lack of visibility. They've had to rely on secondhand information from 911 callers to describe the problem accurately and direct officers on the ground to the right place.

With their new state-of-the-art network of high definition cameras, it gives the dispatcher a much clearer picture, both literally and figuratively.

"What it does, is it gives us more eyes on campus. So our dispatcher can just look at the monitor and see the activity," said Lt. Jeremy Reddish.

The dispatcher can also send an image from the camera straight to an officer in a patrol car. But beyond visual improvements, the new technology allows police to instantly secure buildings at the first sign of trouble.

"We're able to control all the exterior doors on campus, so we can remotely lock campus, we can unlock campus, just at the push of a button."

This security upgrade has been in the works for the past three years and had it been finished a few months sooner, it may have greatly assisted police in their effort to prevent a shooting that occurred when non-students gained access to a restricted area.

Shequille Williams is graduating this year and she applauds the new efforts to keep students safe.

"I think that's good. It's a level of security that we definitely need here."

It cost about three hundred thousand dollars to make this upgrade and the money came from government grants supplied by the Georgia State System Board of Regents.

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