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Area police weigh in on role of video surveillance

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POOLER, GA (WTOC) -

The Thursday release of surveillance video near the site of the Boston Marathon bombing may have accelerated the investigation into that attack.

Coastal Empire officers say such video has revolutionized their investigations. Saturday, the electronic eye of the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department's helicopter combed Tybee Island during Orange Crush 2013, an ad-hoc annual gathering of young men and women. The tower camera on the Chatham Emergency Management Agency incident command truck took a closer look at the party.

Metro police have been using video surveillance during St. Patrick's Day for years. Scores of city-owned cameras monitor the party.

In Pooler, Police Chief Mark Revenew has mounted cameras not just on dashboards, but on officers' uniforms.

Revenew says it's an investment that has brought criminals to justice.

"We had a rape case where the District Attorney sent me a nice letter just thanking the officer and saying the video had refuted the victim's statements, and once they saw it the defendant was eager to accept a plea," he said.

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