It was January and the mayor had something new he wanted to show the media.
“Have you ever seen a command center like this in New York City history? I think it’s going to make a huge difference,” Mayor Bill de Blasio told NY1 at the time. “Its training more and more NYPD officers to do the outreach and getting more the two agencies to work together at all times.”
It was a joint command center in Lower Manhattan where the NYPD and the Department of Homeless Services would coordinate responses to homeless people living on the street. It created a network of cameras to see people on the street in real time.