From: Sarah Wheaton [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Monday, May 18, 2015 02:21 PM
To: Velz, Peter
Subject: Travel pool 4a - CPD color
At around 1:20 pm, pool had a brief opportunity to observe Obama’s observation of the Real Time Tactical Operational Intelligence Center at the Camden County Police HQ, where the back wall was plastered with screens of surveillance footage.
Camden Co. Police Chief Scott Thomson explained the force’s efforts to improve relations with the community, describing how officers knocked on doors in an effort to increase dialogue.
Obama chastised the pool for displacing one of the officers.
“You’ve got work to do.”
Obama asked for an example of what the center does, and after a brief (difficult to hear) description from Thomson, the president volunteered his own:
“If you saw some trouble brewing, or a congregation of folks who look like they might intimidate kids, you can have an officer walking by?”
Thomson said the goal is to “address things before they become a problem.”
White House Reporter