Ottawa Police launch crime mapping tool


The Ottawa Police have launched an crime mapping tool for Ottawa, built by combining police call data with Google Maps. From a police press release:

A new Google-based crime mapping tool is being
launched this evening on and will be
introduced at the Ottawa Police Services Board meeting.
The Ottawa Police Service (OPS) is merging Geographic
Information Systems technology with police data with the
introduction of “Ottawa Crime” permitting users to view
police call data in an interactive, easy-to-use, visual,
map-based format accessible through the Internet.

“The Ottawa Police has long recognized the value of
sharing information on community safety and security,”
noted Chief Vern White. “We want members of our community
to stay alert and stay informed about what is going on in
their neighbourhood.”

Ottawa Crime will feature:

· Location of calls for police assistance are derived
from Ottawa Police Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system;
· Calls are grouped by an expanded range of Uniform
Crime Reporting (UCR) categories including: robberies,
break-ins, stolen vehicles, mischief, sexual offense,
homicide as well as the location of traffic complaints
lodged with Ottawa Police;
· Calls for service data are automatically refreshed
daily, meaning that users will have current information at
the click of a mouse;
· The program allows users to search selected time
frames based on prior day, seven days, 30 days, 60 days –
or using a calendar for up to a six-month window;
· The new mapping tool is accompanied by a user
friendly guide available online;
· Free user access.
· The program will feature Ottawa Police Computer
Aided Dispatch (CAD) system in the following manner:
o Data mapped at 100 block increments (positioned at
centre block);
o Time and date of a call, along with a reference
number/occurrence identifier;
o No personal information displayed/available to
respect privacy laws.

Read the entire press release…

Ottawa Maps Guide

OttawaStart Staff


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