FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — The Fort Wayne Police Department unveiled a new Investigative Center Thursday morning, which officers say can help limit crime.
For Deputy Chief James Feasel and FWPD, one extra room can go a long way.
“This room can be utilized to help reduce crime, can help solve crimes quicker, make apprehensions," Feasel said. "It’s just multifaceted as to what capabilities we have in this room.”
This room is the department’s new Investigative Operations Center. Equipped with computers and a large monitor, police now have a designated room to come together for high-profile cases.
"In the past, homicide detectives would just all huddle around a desk or two, try to view footage, try to watch video footage, drone footage, interviews of suspects," Feasel said. "We can do all that at the same time in this room and include various other agencies as well.”
Other agencies... which can now work together more easily in one shared space.
“A lot of times we combine forces when we do these homicide investigations. We bring in the gang unit detectives, we bring in the narcotics detectives, to work with the homicide detectives in these situations,” Feasel said.
Indiana DEA Assistant Special Agent-In-Charge Michael Gannon says having this Center helps the entire police force collaborate, which will assist in solving murders and limiting drug trafficking.
“When you can use those resources and allocate resources like that, it’s going to benefit all law enforcement, especially in this area in Allen county, it’s just tremendous,” Gannon said.
Drug enforcement group HIDTA helped fund the center, but Feasel says the Homicide Unit is likely benefiting most from the extra space.
In homicide cases, Fort Wayne police say that it’s safe to assume officers have been using the Center in every investigation since December.