PASADENA – Security will be at its usual peak at Wednesday’s national championship Rose Bowl football game, but this year the Pasadena police will be taking a much closer look at stadium spectators. Last summer the city finished installing a 24-camera surveillance system that is operated from a command post above the Rose Bowl press boxes. Pasadena police Officer Mark Oberon demonstrated a few of the system’s capabilities Thursday. The department did not want to reveal everything, citing security precautions. “You can see every square foot inside and 360 degrees outside” the stadium, Oberon said, operating a joystick to scan the parking lots outside the Rose Bowl. The $75,000 system was funded by a grant from the Department of Homeland Security. It includes 13 monitors, some with split screens, to show images of gates, turnstiles and the concourse from multiple cameras. With its zooming capabilities, the system picks up enough detail to see a face in a crowd or read the license plate of a suspicious vehicle. The officer operating the joystick can observe action as far away as about a quarter-mile from the stadium. Cmdr. Chris Vicino of the Pasadena Police Department said the cameras allow an officer to watch “a very particular tight zone or person, and follow them, shifting from one camera to the next, all throughout the Bowl.” In a separate effort, today marks the launch of the fifth annual Parade Watch program by the Pasadena Police Department. Parade Watch is modeled after a Neighborhood Watch program and enlists volunteers to contact RV and motor home owners along the parade route to encourage them to watch for suspicious activity. Any vehicle parked within a block of the parade route is subject to search, and people are asked not to leave any unattended vehicle parked within a block of the route. Anyone who sees suspicious activity is asked to report it at (626) 744-4241. [email protected] (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4461 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!