LAPD Pioneers High-Tech Crime-Fighting ‘War Room’

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The LAPD is fighting crime from a high-tech war room that gives it eyes all over the city. The surveillance hub is now a model for police forces around the world and KCAL9 got an exclusive tour inside from Chief Charlie Beck.

“We are targets on our own soil,” says Beck. “We have to be ready.”

What began as a grass roots idea following the 9/11 terrorist attacks is now a state-of-the-art real-time analysis critical response center. It’s called RACR, and it’s located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles.

“This is a system that cuts through the red tape, that gets information to the people that need it,” says Chief Beck. He calls it “the brains of the department, twenty-four/seven.”

Police in the activity center monitor live feeds of city and traffic cameras, counter-terrorism information, and real-time crime mapping, with cutting edge software.

“If we didn’t have that we would be operating blind,” says Capt. Sean Malinowski, the Commanding Officer at RACR. “Essentially we’re always activated here.”

RACR is a critical crime-fighting tool at the center of every high profile incident in the City of Los Angeles.

“We have some real-time tools that help us analyze crime as it’s happening,” says Malinowski. “And then we feed that information out to the geographic areas and to patrol divisions.”

RACR is relied upon during events like dignitary visits from the Royals and President Obama, as well as the recent Occupy LA showdown and arrests.

“We had eyes on that, both through video cameras that the city owns, and also through video streams that were provided by the actual Occupy LA protesters,” says Malinowski.

Most recently, RACR was invaluable in putting an end to the Hollywood arsons.

Malinowski says RACR plotted each arson fire incident as it happened, creating a three-square-mile geographic hot spot that resulted in the quick arrest of accused fire starter Harry Burkhart.

“At the time he was taken into custody, this area was flooded with sheriffs and with LAPD officers,” says Malinowski. “Based on the fact that we kind of could see his movements in real time.”

RACR was born in a functioning bomb shelter, four stories below the Los Angeles Civic Center.

LAPD Commander Blake Chow remembers a time when tracking crime at RACR was done by hand. “There was very little technology,” says Chow, and RACR had no budget.

Police operated with dry erase boards, personal computers, and simple monitors.

“When we built RACR, there was no template to look at,” says Chow. “There was no police department we could go look at and ask them, ‘how did you build it?’”

Today LAPD’s RACR is the standard operating model for law enforcement agencies worldwide. It’s used as a guidebook on how to protect communities and fight crime.

  • wakeupyousheep


    • TheTruthHurts

      We go overseas to fight for our country, we now are fighting on our soil …for our country. WHAT ARE WE FIGHTING FOR? Oh yes control of the GENERAL PUBLIC. Keep them sick, in debt, poor and UNEDUCATED! Easier to control.

      • Ryan

        I don’t buy that about Palin. but I DO think we are headed down.

        Get prepared for something major that is going to happen, thank me later for the warning!

      • dadpasadena

        You forgot “barefoot”.

      • Kelly Williams

        There’s a reason for the police state. A military coup d’etat began in 2008 with the introduction of Sarah Palin as John McCain’s running mate. Unelected officials took over Washington and the media.

        Obama is not the president, he’s the acting president. He disappeared for 2 weeks after his election win only to reappear looking exhausted sitting next to John McCain, with a bad poker face, for a press photo shoot. Obama is now a Pentagon puppet. Who did you think writes his teleprompter?

        This is the real story that the media is not and cannot report on. Learn what Obama, Osama, Biden, Bin Laden, the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists, and Sarah Palin had to do with the last election and the military’s overthrow of our government. You couldn’t make this stuff up if you tried. The biggest cover up starts here

    • Amerika, Amerika

      It will take 250 years of 9/11’s (3000 people) to equal the number of people that die EACH year from heart disease (750K). The threat of terrorism is a ruse that allows those that would be dictators, become dictators. Who protects “we the people” from our own terroristic government?

      • Abdul Keddou

        You’re an America-hating ruse yourself. If you dont like America, go to an Islamic fundamentalist country & you will appreciate how free we in the US truly are.

      • donttreadonme

        Absolutely right!

    • teaisstronger

      The 150 men at Bunker Hill overlooking three British battleships and facing almost 1000 British troops would have wiped out the troops and ships if the Patriot’s commander who was responsible for the gunpowder brought enough. The Patriots ran out of ammunition after four volleys that killed half of the British troops. Its always the brave smart men who win battles and wars.

      • Mike

        It was Breed’s Hill-the name was misreported as was the battle. It was also a draw, proper British maneuver at that point would have crippled the revolution. Blind, stupid luck is hardly something to celebrate.

  • maria

    ok, I give up, what are they expecting to happen? Just read an article that crime is down?????

    • Kathy McKeon

      Take your choice:
      A The fundamental transformation of this country,
      B. Elimination of the constitution
      C.2012 voter fraud
      D. All of the above

      • David Bennett

        D. The answer is D. Most definitely D!

      • Dan

        voter fraud was commited by the supreme court in 2000. Actual fraud is only .00007% look it up

      • Heywood Jablome

        Dan said: “…voter fraud was commited by the supreme court in 2000. ..”
        If you are talking about the decision about who won the vote tally in Florida, try to find the part of the Constitution that gives individuals the right to vote in Presidentioal elections. You want find it.

      • donttreadonme

        Dan – Oh, yea! I forgot, IT’S BUSH’S FAULT!!!!! I haven’t heard that in, oh, a week since last hearing (insertany weal-minded progressive) say it. Dolt.

      • swissik

        I pick D.

    • maik

      It’s not about crime bro! wake up! stop watching sports and pornography and wearing your hat on backwards! they want to control us and arrest us if they think we may commit a crime, a crime like paying cash for coffee, maybe buying food in bulk, you dont have to steal anymore or parallel park just doing what you do everyday can be considered a crime

      • MisterJones

        Yep and stocking up on weapons,ammo,food water,med supplys etc. Well you might just be a terrorist or a very smart patriot.Which is a crime in Home land security,tsa and your local,state,Fed LEOS eyes.They are not here to protect and serve nor are they your friends.

      • heatherfeather

        MisterJones: Move to Idaho. When TSHTF, the federal schmucks will abandon us (ditto Wyoming, Montana, Utah, etc). They will be too busy putting out the fires in their ethnically diverse population centers to put their heavy hand down here.

        Lots of retired LAPD in my county. Very little crime problem here, either. We will pull together in the event of a crisis, and not be concerned about help…err…interference…from the joke of a federal government.

      • Menacetosobriety

        I watch sports, porn, and wear my hat backwards…but only when I play the drums. I, however, agree with maik…this is an obvious intrusion on the privacy of the citizenry. The only way to maintain privacy will be to stay home, until the city decides to put cameras in your home…. For your own safety of course. “When people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people there s liberty.” -Thomas Jefferson

    • teaisstronger

      They are defending themselves against hot TEA and soggy TEA bags. We will be using their fort and their police officers to control our new nation. COPs always side with the winner, they do not care who wins as long as they control the streets. The Iraqi defeated the US Super Power without an Navy or Air Force. They did not even have chow halls or BXs. Once we re-establish the US Constitution and add an Amendment abolishing the power of the Supreme Court, the Rule of Law will be restored to our nation of 330 Million.

      You are only being promised Blood, Sweat, and Tears.

      • swissik

        Does anybody remember what Obama promised while campaigning, i.e. a domestic force along the lines of the military? I understood what he meant, and I had no doubt that he’ll go through with his promise. So why is everybody outraged?

  • Johnny

    welcome to the police state, SLAVE!

    • Ed Harris

      Unelected officials not only took over Washington after the last election by staging a coup, they also took over the media. The biggest cover up starts with why Sarah Palin was planted in the last election and who her targets where.

      • don

        What a whole lot of filth dirty rotton lies!

      • Willy Ayers

        You sir have mental illness……….seriously.

      • Ed Harris

        Sorry I meant were

      • We Are Watching You

        Ed Harris, we are watching you.

      • Forward Knowing

        Mommy leave the basement unlocked again??? LMAO!!! LOON!

      • Ed Harris

        Look at all the government posters attacking. This is what they do when the truth leaks out. They cyber bully, discredit, and divert attention. Why do you think it’s called a cover up?

  • Jag

    “Today LAPD’s RACR is the standard operating model for law enforcement agencies worldwide. It’s used as a guidebook on how to protect communities and fight crime.”

    Is this sort of what Assad is doing in Syria?

    • don

      Part of Obamas army! All UNION members!

      • nut

        Sure Don, we’re all union members. But 99% don’t go along with the left wing agenda that is attacking this Country. Having inner agency cooperation and conducting different drills to be prepared, is actually a good thing. Cops are citizens too, we just have to deal with the political b.s. more then you.

  • Reverend Justito

    So this is how they plan to bust/fine all those folks who are looking to play with a football or a frisbee on the beach this summer. At $1000 a pop, those fines should pay for this center in no time.

  • Todd Clemmer

    Isn’t California in Mexico?

    • Joe mama

      it SHOULD be.

      • Henry Thoreau


    • Blunt Force Trauma

      Actually, Mexico is in California. Most of it anyway.

      • RW Reagan

        Don’t you mean to say most of THEM?

  • Matthew Dunnyveg

    Is this center to keep tabs on Americans or the illegals crossing our borders by the millions? And what does the answer to this question tell us about our elites?

  • Kurt Zorn

    Combined with TSA we now are officially a police state. Patriots are the enemy; the Constitution is waste-paper and the citizens are the threat. Show me your papers Comrade! Bow to authority sheeple…

    • weeone

      Sig Heil KurtZorn

    • David Watson

      You nailed it. I’m sure the police and military are being trained to see the American public as the enemy.

  • TZAZ

    With all the homies they have in LA it’s a wonder that the Marines are not used to make it safe.

    • bushz_war

      Half the gestapo are ex-Marines.

      • bushz_war

        Half the gestapo are ex-military.

        Marines aren’t arrogant. You (Robbie) are. And you don’t understand substance.

        Which makes you a video-gamer, and not old enough to blog. You could be sent to juvie for that.

      • donttreadonme

        Only the ones who aspire to power (John Murtha, etc.). The majority are good Americans who have proven their willingness to die for the country..

      • U. robbie

        Hey bushz_war, you just showed how inept, misguided, and mendacious your kind are. THERE IS ONLY ONE EX-MARINE IN THE HISTORY OF THE U.S. MARINE CORPS—LEE HARVY OSWALD. The correct terms are inactive, retired, of former when speaking of men you would never measure up to. Except for slavery, communism, Japanese tyrnanny, German attempt at genocide, war never solved a thing. You got schooled.

  • Lar

    Given the military level weapons available to even street-gangs now, WAR-room is an appropriate moniker. 25 years ago, you might be knifed for being in the wrong neighborhood in LA, but now, living in rural Missouri, I carry concealed even while mowing. When seconds count, the police are just minutes away.

    • Robert Brooks

      Missouri? Really? I live in philly in a racially diverse neighborhood… You are a coward. Guns are for ( the British word for cat) I believe in guns and having a right to own them but dorks like you who think you need to protect yourself while mowing your lawn are dimwits. Show me state… Show me you’re a fraidy cat.

      • john5

        Please, stay in philly.

      • LarMo

        Come down here and say that to my face. If you do not, you are the coward!

      • Wleit

        RB you are indeed an idiot! I carry a pistol and a knife, and i live in the country. Never know when some racially diverse lovin’ freak will walk onto my property, thinking like he can stroll anywhere. Fact! Right on, Lar!

      • non hypenated american

        Any white person in Philly should be afraid. Blacks are attacking them for being white. You just don’t see it on the Obama/Holder State controlled media. Obviously you are not white Robert. Either that or you never go downtown after dark.

      • gonefromphilly

        i escaped from philly just because of idiots like you. if ever there was a need for guns it’s philly…only outranked by camden.

      • donttreadonme

        Robert Brooks – You’re a dolt.

    • Jeff Reiman

      If you keep a gun on you while mowing, then you’re protected. Problem solved. The police will only be there to take a statement and pick up the body. In California, it is a crime now to openly carry in public. Watch as California and the LAPD gets tougher on legal firearm restrictions while at the same time beefing up their own resources paid for by us, directed toward us, all in the name of “Homeland Security”.

      • labillyboy

        Yes Los Angeles and CA’s highly restrictive gun laws just result in law abiding people being disarmed… the criminals and gangsters are all heavily armed and carry them concealed… Police carry guns to protect themselves, not you. By the time they get to where you are you have already been shot, stabbed, robbed, raped, kidnapped… Police are really cowards in that way, let them follow the same gun laws as everybody else has to. When they have to keep their guns unloaded in the trunk they may reconsider letting citizens bear firearms as clearly allowed in the 2nd Amendment. Most states follow the Constitution, CA does not.

      • Sharron Davidson

        Don’t believe everything you read or much of anything from the media. Unelected officials took over Washington and the media following a coup with the last election. The truth is deeper than you can imagine and is being covered up for “national security” purposes. It all starts here

  • ghunter

    hey kids, remember it is possible to cut electricity and radio comm. Have a back up plan not dependent on electronics. Be prepared. And may the good guys always win.

  • BOB

    How convenient. This high tech “Warroom” just happens to be available in time to catch the high profile arsonist. I would like to see a follow-up in six months and find out if this “arsonist” actually does any “time,” or if the story just just coicides coincidentally with the launch…You people really cannot see the forrest, because all of the trees are in the way. Shhh, be very very quiet the American people are sleeping :)

  • Dan

    “We are targets on our own soil,” says Beck. “We have to be ready.”

    Targeted by whom? Charlie Beck, you’re not only delusional you are a criminal for wasting taxpayer money on these made up threats. Go play GI Joe with the plastic Army men or something that doesn’t get in the way of citizens enjoying their lives. You nutjob.

    • Jim

      We ARE targets. We are perps. The fifteen flavors of police are trained this way. So are DHS, TSA, NSA, FBI, and every other enforcer.


      The Police State is here. Now.

  • Brian Edwards

    now. lets fix the california pornography industry.

    Attack obama on his ties to the porn industry and he will back down faster than you can say hollywood. …obama’s ties to campaign contributions will be bigger news than 1973’s Watergate scandal.

    demand that the pornography industry come under the governance of the federal government…..the firearms, alcohol, and tobacco industries are under federal control……why has the porn industry never been under federal control???????

    People have begun to investigate the shadiness of the CA porn business that generates at least $50 billion profit each year.

    1. only california may legally produce pornographic materials such as pictures and videos…it is the state of california that governs the porn industry – not the federal government.

    2. the porn industry is taxed at less than 1 percent profit…there is porn in 60 countries…no country is taxed at less than 25 percent. ….IF NANCY IS SO KEEN ON RAISING NEW TAXES, SHE SHOULD START WITH HER STATE’S PORN INDUSTRY

    3. california has passed more than 12,000 laws regarding state businesses in the past ten years. NOT ONE LAW HAS BEEN PASSED REGARDING THE PORN INDUSTRY.

    4. in 2004, pelosi, senators barbara boxer and diane feinstein and all california liberals in the state senate sided with the porn industry that condoms were not necessary despite the fact that many AIDS groups, the CA health dept, and CA/OSHA were strongly in favor of mandatory condoms for porn actors.
    I guarantee that the bombshell story of 2012 will have nothing to do with republicans…it will concern the california porn industry on one side of los angeles (with a state approved business tax rate less than 1 percent), its ties to the hollywood motion picture industry on the other side of los angeles, its ties to EVERY california democratic state legislature and federal congressional elected politician (eg, Pelosi, CA senators boxer and Feinstein – each in office for 30 years!!!), and its ties to ‘bundled’ (bundled means that the donor is unidentified) campaign contributions distributed by hollywood moguls.

    is eveyone aware that barry and michelle obama planned to spend 40 days in southern california between now and election day?????….for fundraisers, meetings, campaign stops, and more……all plans were changed within the past week when some became suspicious of these ‘bundled’ funds they pick up on each trip to CA. ..bundled means origins of funds unknown.

    People have become suspicious…hollywood stopped giving campaign contributions to obama and obama must settle for PAC donations.

    • fel121

      Do have any idea how much porn is shot by people in their own homes and posted to the Internet via sites like submit my flicks?

      You are barking up the wrong tree her slim, oh and by the way, if this industry did not have millions of people who want to view it your problem would solve itself; however, this industry is as old as time and you will never get rid of it scream as you might.

    • Jim

      Pron is a non-issue here. If people want to waste their lives looking at naked people, what’s it to you?

      The issue here is a full-blown police state.

    • Jim

      Porn is a non-issue here. If people want to waste their lives looking at naked people, what’s it to you?

      The issue here is a full-blown police state.

  • rob lanken

    How long before this enforcement tool becomes just another political weapon?

    • supersniffy

      What else did you think it was really built for? What they are touting it as? Ha! This is just the first step. Just like gun registration. It gives the police state a easy jump off point to subdue the constitution further.

      • Danny

        The state governments in America are seriously out of control. America is not much different than Iran or the USSR at this point. America loves to bankrupt its citizens through inflation and harsh laws that pain the pockets. What a country we live in.

    • weeone

      Tuesday, this past Tuesday

  • Sam

    Is what their really doing is getting ready to turn this country into a Stalin type police state for worse than anything seen in the Middle East. The men manning these sites are traitors to the American people and have denied the validity of the constitution.

    • weeone

      not getting ready, they are doing it.

  • Silas do good

    Orwell and Rand, read up folks!

  • Factchecker

    I’m sure it will lead to unconstitutional acts, unreasonable searches and seizures, and flagrant violation of rights and restriction of freedoms.

    Wiretapping was a big issue under Bush, but Big Brother Barry gets a free pass.

  • Teddy Ballgame

    L.A. makes San Francisci look like the little league in terms of depravity. The city simply sucks.

  • Marbran

    Monitoring ‘residents’ is standard practice in every jail and prison in the nation. Now citizens of LA get the same monitoring. Should make everyone feel extra special. ;)

  • Ghostsouls

    Certainly, they can always conduct drills on the Occupy Oakland group, and help Oakland.

    • SumBich

      But first they will hire TSA agents and practice on Frisbee and football throwers on the LA county beaches. The order will be to “shoot on site”. THEN, and only then, will they be trained for Oakland (during the day only). And incidentally, where are the Hellls Angels in Oakland to go bust all those occut-ard rats in the heads (like at Altamont), anyway?

    • Luke

      Funny how they have to cut officers for lack of money, but, pay overtime to the people they have, and still have money left over for this kind of stuff. I know it can’t be true, but, it’s almost like we can’t trust the police.

    • John Steele

      I wish they would practice riot control and cracking Marxist OWS head’s in Oakland. They have turned Oakland into battle ground for the Anarchists and communists who live there. LA could get real time experience. When the Obama welfare checks and the Government credit cards go bust, the riots will start

    • wounded_defecator

      Liberal or Neo-Conservative, useful idiots and critics of Assembly, and frankly haters of truth and freedom, exist by feeding on the entrepreneurial, middle cl@ss.
      Which explains why the nation’s respect and admiration are with Occupy and with the Anonymous, Wikileaks and Ruckus brigades. Thank you heroes for all your fvcking service, and congrats on the Man udda Year.
      For they know, proletariat’s bad children and parasites, sic Zionist apparachik of the Fed, IMF and World Bank, will never admonish the Welfarism feeding their addictions and narcissism. A cl@ss needful and earnest of all the hearty, steamy excrement that patriots can provide. Sh!t and p!ss on, noble defecators, lest the streets flow with blood.

    • 31337

      im still trying to figure out when the last terrorist attack on US soil was. so far I can count 9/11. this sounds like a paranoid grab for power by the people who are in power

    • Oklahoma Tom

      Yup, revolution is on the way. You sissies better be prepared lock and load!

      God Bless the American People. #$%^ the Government!

    • Prof. Carroll Quigley

      A police state is forming around us.
      And, its paid for with our own tax money.
      Ignorance of the law is no excuse.

    • Bob

      Obvious power grab. Apparently most don’t care. So sad.

    • zip

      We are in some seriously interesting time.

    • urignorant

      They don’t pay the cops for overtime dummy. Although I will agree the “war room” is a joke. Its where all the lazy and scared cops go to get paid for being a 411 operator for cops that actually work for a living.

  • JHarnes

    Beware! Check old stories. New York City put up a centralized location for its Mayor’s Office of Emergency Mgmt in the Twin Towers before they were destroyed by terrorists on 9/11.

    I don’t understand the sense of telling people where this sort of facility is located….

  • MrMichaels

    Yea I saw a movie about this years ago. It was called Skynet then ,not RACR. I can’t wait for those 30,000 drones over our heads . I hear they have a pre-crime unit also. Welcome to Amerika.

  • GozieBoy

    I KNEW that the new law prohibiting frisbees on the beeches of California would result in riots. Now they have finally gone and pushed things too far!

  • Ben

    Whoo Hooo. Next story, Californians line up to be chipped.

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