In an effort to fight crime in Atlantic City’s Tourism District, Police will soon have access to the CCTV systems in all gaming halls within the city limits.
Access is possible through Mutualink, a radio and wireless system that will give law enforcement access to CCTV in casinos, hospitals, and other public institutions. The announcement comes on the heels of a fatal carjacking that occurred last month in the district, leaving one man dead, and his companion injured. While authorities laude the preventative capabilities of the Mutualink system, they also point out that it is NOT a reaction to last month’s incident, and that it’s implementation has been an ongoing process preceding the incident.
The Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) is working closely with casinos, State Police, and the Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness to implement the new system. When activated, Mutualink will allow dispatchers, police, fire, emergency medical and other public safety agencies to share voice, video, text, and files across a secure connection.
The system is part of Gov. Chris Christie’s plan to make Atlantic City safter for tourists and residents, according to the state Attourney General, Paula T. Dow.