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Crime mapping tool launched in Canada

Canada: The Brockville Police Service has launched a new ‘crime mapping’ tool that provides a weekly-updated look at police-related incidents in the city. “It's another way for us to open up and let the community see what's going on. I think it will be a valuable tool for the community and it also works for us, identifying spots that we need to focus on,” said acting police Chief Scott Fraser. The crime map, which has no extra cost to the police force, was developed by a special constable at the Midland Police Service. The link for Brockville's crime map can be found online. The map will be updated on Mondays and users can search for crimes up to 90 days after the fact.

The development of the crime mapping is a way for the police service to be more transparent and accountable to the public. “It's just another tool that we're providing to the community so they can look at what is happening in their particular part of the community. Incidents, such as when a victim can be identified and trivial incidents such as someone breaching probation will not get posted so the map does not get crowded,” added Fraser.

Source: Recorder