EPD Unwraps New Crime Stats Tool for Public and Neighborhoods
Eugene residents empowered with near real-time neighborhood crime
information available 24/7/365
Nothing like unwrapping a holiday present early. Eugene’s residents and visitors will be empowered with near real-time neighborhood crime information available 24.7.365.
EPD is unveiling its new on-line calls for service alerting and mapping service with CrimeReports.com
The new service is the next addition to updates to EPD’s public log in October 2008 that further streamlined the community’s access to police dispatch information. CrimeReports.com will provide easy to read incident calls for service maps and automated alerts to the residents of Eugene. The service, located directly from the EPD Web site www.eugene-or.gov/police (in the same place as the public dispatch log), provides neighborhood call data in near real-time and is available now.
The EPD CrimeReports allows citizens to receive automatic daily, weekly or monthly email alerts if/when calls for service occur near their home, office, local school, etc. Citizens can also view reported call activity on an easy to use map for any location within the city of Eugene’s boundaries. Call incident data is updated hourly and includes:
o Incident and call type
o Date and time
o Distance from search address
o Event identification/case number
o Call disposition
Call incident alerting and mapping is just the first step in empowering citizens with critical neighborhood crime information. Later in 2009 the CrimeReports program will introduce additional services to support community policing and Neighborhood Watch® programs. Upcoming new features include:
o SMS alerting, allowing the EPD to send alerts to specific neighborhoods if specifically requested by the department.
o Neighborhood Watch tools, where residents of specific neighborhoods can contribute information;
o Video integration, allowing law enforcement to attach digital video to specific crimes when it is available
The CrimeReports service is an ideal implementation of the Global Justice XML Data Model (GJXDM), the authorized data sharing protocol developed and supported by the United States Department of Justice (USDOJ). Using GJXDM as the underlying technology gives the application much more versatility and flexibility. For example, if adjacent law enforcement agencies choose to integrate with the service, side by side data will be readily available for both alerting and analytics. It will also allow for additional integration at the regional, state and even national level.