RoboCops and Robbers
Haverhill Chief of Police Alan DeNaro
Haverhill hasn’t hired any RoboCops … yet. But if its modernization trend continues, automated officers might not be so far off. Since his arrival in 2002, police Chief Alan DeNaro has overseen major upgrades to Haverhill’s public safety system. Patrol cars have been outfitted with Secret Service-level encrypted radios as well as mobile data terminals that provide officers with up-to-the-minute information. The city’s comprehensive wireless camera system is one of the most advanced in the region, and has led to successful arrests. Haverhill also is home to a state-of-the-art firearms simulator that’s utilized by officers from across the Merrimack Valley. This very useful training tool records officers as they navigate computer-generated crime scenarios. One of Haverhill’s most recent improvements is perhaps its most high-tech to date: a predictive analysis program that anticipates when and where crimes will occur. Though this type of innovative technology invokes images of a futuristic police film, it is actually based on earthquake prediction mathematics. Haverhill is the first city in New England to use this software. DeNaro hopes, in time, to replicate the same double digit-crime reduction experienced by Los Angeles since it began using the program.
Photography by Adrien Bisson.