The new big problem for law enforcement is common to many industries: too much data
In June, Vancouver burst into violence precipitated by the Stanley Cup final. The riot rocked the beautiful city, leaving city leaders to piece together what happened. They appointed a task force, which called on citizens and businesses to submit their photos and video of the riot to the police. The 50-person team plans to release its initial findings at the end of the August, two and a half months after the night of rioting.
In some ways, that small civil disturbance and its aftermath presage the task that the London police will face in the coming months. And if their work is any indication, UK police have a brutal few months of investigation ahead of them. While the state of surveillance is very different in the two municipalities, they share a common feature: there is just too much video to review quickly.
In Vancouver, they had about 1,500 hours of video to review, according to the task force's most recent statistics. London police will undoubtedly have far, far more hours. As Becca Rosen explained yesterday, London is blanketed with 8,300 CCTV cameras that are supposed to serve as crime deterrents.