Earlier this month, officers Chad Staley and Conan Schafer made a nice arrest of an alleged serial graffiti vandal. Among his dozens of targets was the statue of Abraham Lincoln that stands right in front of the Law Enforcement Center and Hall of Justice. The vandal painted the letter V in a circle on the base of the statue--similar to the emblem in the film (and comic book) V for Vendetta.
There is an interesting back story concerning how the arrest was made. Officer Nate Flood, who investigated one of the vandalism cases, reviewed video from the camera systems at the Hall of Justice, which showed the vandal walking towards the statute from the convenience store on the opposite side of 10th Street. Officer Flood went to the convenience store, and found video of the suspect from that vantage point, too. The convenience store's footage (is it still called "footage"?) was even better.
The video was not of sufficient quality to identify the suspect by facial features, but it did reveal a rather distinctive logo on the suspect's back pack. Still images from the video were shown during daily roll call briefings (we actually call it "lineup") at the police department the following day. Later that evening, two officers preparing to do a little traffic enforcement a mile or so south of Abe's location happened to see a pedestrian sporting a backpack with a logo they recognized from lineup, and made the arrest. The backpack, of course, contained several cans of spray paint. Case cleared--or rather 34 cases cleared.
Images from various privately-owned and operated CCTV systems are helping to clear a lot of crimes in Lincoln. Sometimes it is an eagle-eyed police officer who makes the identification, and often it is a citizen.