By David Madden

CAMDEN (CBS) — Some 100 community leaders from throughout Camden are being trained to be extra eyes and ears for the police.

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The “iCan” program, short for Interactive Community Alert Network, takes town watch to a new, high tech level.

Those leaders will be given access to Camden’s online crime monitoring team, with the ability to send in photographs of specific locations where cops can point one of their 129 street cams scattered across town.

Camden County Police Chief Scott Thomson says, “They will also have the ability to have live chat interaction with officers and analysts of what their concerns are, what they’re seeing, to be able to get immediate feedback and communication going in both directions so we can both help each other.

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Participants have the option of remaining anonymous as the Interactive Community Alert Network gets up and running by the end of May.

Those in the program have been working with Camden Mayor Dana Redd to address the city’s crime problem, and Thomson expects more to get involved at iCan rolls out by the end of next month.

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