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The Future of Policing

I saw this video yesterday and I thought it would be fun to share it here. It’s a little animation about how police work will be in the future. Amazingly, a lot of this technology already exists, but hasn’t yet matriculated into the law enforcement system. I also think this is a pretty accurate picture of what policing might be like in 20 years or so (well, minus the jet packs and areal bikes).

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Massachusetts Crime Mapping

I think the video speaks for itself.

Amherst adopts crime mapping technology

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Geography and Public Safety 2.2

The US Department of Justice recently released the latest edition of Geography and Public Safety (vol. 2, issue 2). The most recent issues features articles on the subject of neighborhoods—boundaries, patrols, spaces, etc.

You can download the entire issue as a PDF, here: http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/nij/maps/gps-bulletin-v2i2.pdf

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Albuquerque Uses CrimeReports to Connect with Businesses and Community Groups

Deputy Chief Michael Callaway oversees field operations for the Albuquerque, New Mexico, Police Department, and he believes that the key to a good crime prevention program is community involvement. “We always work to involve our community,” he says. “We have citizens get involved in helping take care of their neighborhood. We encourage neighborhood watches and neighborhood patrols.” But more than simply building relationships in residential neighborhoods, the Albuquerque PD reaches out to local businesses to create useful partnerships and coalitions to prevent organized retail theft, shoplifting, and other criminal activities. To help sustain these relationships, the Albuquerque Police Department uses CrimeReports to connect businesses and inform citizens about criminal activity.

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CrimeReports iPhone App Hits 100,000 Downloads

Thanks to all of our participating agencies and engaged citizens across the US and Canada, our new iPhone app was downloaded over 100,000 times in the first month of its release, making it the most popular crime-mapping mobile app in the iTunes store.

In additon, users completed over 8 million crime searches, getting valuable crime and sex offender information for their homes and neighborhoods. CrimeReports service now publishes crime data for nearly 700 law enforcement jurisdictions, covering over 20% of the US population.

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