Garden Grove Police Department launches new data system providing public access
Orange County Breeze
The Garden Grove Police Department recently purchased a state of the art software system from Spillman Technologies that virtually manages the entire operations of the police department. The fully-integrated software was installed in September 2015 and controls functions such as dispatch, records management, report writing, evidence, mobile communications, and crime analysis. The system will also allow greater public access to crime information in near real-time.
The new public system includes a crime dashboard and a crime map. The dashboard works like the dashboard in a car. It gives viewers a snapshot of the overall crime picture and compares it to previous time periods. The crime map will plot crimes on it, calls for service and is user configurable. Both systems are user friendly and contain timely information.
“We now live in an ‘information on demand’ society,” said Police Captain Travis Whitman, who facilitated the new system. “With the public’s help, we’ll be able to quickly respond to identified crime and community problems and together, make a bigger impact”, he said.
Recently, Garden Grove data shows that certain crime went up more than 40% in 2015, compared to 2014.
“The police department’s community policing philosophy depends heavily on community involvement to reduce crime. Partnering with the community is an important strategy to combat crime,” says Police Chief Todd Elgin.
The police department will be introducing this technology during neighborhood watch and community meetings.
Please visit the Garden Grove Police Department’s webpage at www.ci.garden-grove.ca.us/police, to access the public dashboard and crime map.
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