Berkeley police release online Crime Mapping Tool
Screen grab from Berkeley Police Department's Community Crime
By Angela Hokanson, Bay City News Service
February 26, 2006
BERKELEY (BCN) - The Berkeley Police Department released
the "Community Crime View" Wednesday, a new online tool
that allows the public to search for and map recent crimes within
the city in an effort to keep the community informed about crime.
The tool, which took several years to produce, was created by
the Police Department in partnership with the city of Berkeley
Information Technology Department and Berkeley community members.
The tool is a Geographical Information Systems map that allows
users to search for recent crimes by the address where they occurred,
the type of crime, and the time period in which they happened.
Users can also search for locations such as schools, parks, police
beats, or city council districts.
Berkeley police officers are being trained to use the tool so
that they, too, can stay informed about incidents that occur in
their beat while they are away from work.
Community Crime View can be found on the Police Department's
Web site: http://www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/police.
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