In 2009, the Denver Police's High Activity Location Observation, (aka HALO) video-surveillance program, put in place for the Democratic National Convention, was re-configured to give the force 24/7 video feeds of high-crime areas around the city. The Big Brother-like operation drew criticism from police watchdogs, but the cameras were soon generating another kind of controversy, since they captured several incidents of alleged police brutality. Have the HALO cameras been watching you? Check out the official list of all 102 HALO locations below.
As expected, the majority of the cameras are positioned in the heart of downtown and LoDo in District 6, with essentially every block in and around the 16th Street Mall covered. There are also a bunch around Invesco Field and the Civic Center. Interestingly, Lincoln, Montbello and Manual high schools, and to a lesser extent East High School, boast their fair share of cameras as well.
It's also worth noting that Colfax Avenue was largely HALO free until an additional batch of HALO cameras were installed late last year. Seems to us that Denver's high-activity Main Street would've been one of the first locales to get HALOed -- it boasts some of the best people watching in the city!
Most unusual location for a camera? That might be the HALO dome at 14th and Cherokee, since that is also the location of Denver Police headquarters. As former Westword writer Jared Jacang Maher noted about this camera when he first wrote about the system, "It seems somewhat counterintuitive to locate mobile video surveillance equipment directly outside the place where you are running your surveillance operations; couldn't you just look out the window?"
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Here's the HALO camera list:
More from our Colorado Crimes archive: "Denver police brutality scandal: A multimedia timeline."