Inside the Watch Center, Baltimore police can view all of the city's surveillance cameras. The red "x" marks indicate the approximate locations of the hundreds of cameras. (Nick DiMarco)
ABC2 News investigative reporter Brian Kuebler interviews Baltimore City detectives (off camera) about the goings-on inside the Watch Center. Officials use the center to monitor gang activity on social media sites. (Nick DiMarco)
Watch Center staffers can pinpoint the location of various social media posts across city in real-time. We were asked to not show the faces of certain Watch Center workers. (Nick DiMarco)
Brian Keubler of ABC2 News asks about what kind of slang gangs use over social media. Some outdated terms include "a lick," which means robbery, or "green lighted," which means a hit, or planned murder, is approved. (Nick DiMarco)
A calm Watch Center staffer was OK with us taking a partial photo of his face. He is using a program called Geofeedia to map social media movement across the city . From the social media posts, staffers can start to pick out patterns.
A Baltimore City detective: "People say and do things all the time and don't realize who is watching and who's seeing it. I mean everybody, everyone does it and they don't realize the hands that that information is getting into."
Sitting around a long conference in the Baltimore Police headquarters, detectives take turns explaining how they use the information gatherered from public social media posts. (Nick DiMarco)
ABC2 News investigator Brian Kuebler presses law enforcement officials for more information regarding the use of tracking social media to catch bad guys. (Nick DiMarco)
Police and gangs are doing battle not only on the streets, but online as well . A lieutenant cues up a computer screen with all of the city's surveillance cameras. (Nick DiMarco)
Director Nicole DeMotto was just appointed to her role as Director of the Watch Center in July by Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts. (Nick DiMarco)
An entire wall in the Watch Center is dedicated to flat screen monitors. (Nick DiMarco)
Monitors show hundreds of streets and corners in Baltimore City. (Nick DiMarco)
DeMotto comes from the Milwaukee Police Department where she worked as a crime analyst. Her mission in Baltimore, as she explained it us, is to make the Watch Center more valuable to crime fighting in Baltimore.(Nick DiMarco)
The Watch Center is split into two rooms - one with a series of computer screens and wall of monitors, the other is more like a conference room with seating for city officials. (Nick DiMarco)