The public safety initiative was spurred by an increase in hit-and-run accidents in 2013, where drivers fled the scene after a vehicle accident, said Officer David Baldwin with Marietta Police.
The M-LIVE (Marietta Law Enforcement Image and Video Exchange) Program is an “efficient and effective means for the increasingly cyber-savvy public to work shoulder to shoulder with their police toward our mutual goal of maintaining a safe community,” Baldwin said.
The idea came from the “resounding success” last year by the Boston Police Department’s investigation of the Boston Marathon bombing, Baldwin said.
M-LIVE enables the police to process information from the public of specific crimes scenes.
When the Marietta Police are working on solving a specific problem, pattern, or crime, the department will broadcast a “Call Out” to request relevant images or video residents may have of the event.
The public can upload files from a computer, a mobile app, or select social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube, which will be reviewed by detectives to determine if anything useable has been captured on video.