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Enterprise GIS for advanced intelligence-led policing

Redlands, USA,July 19, 2007: The City of Hartford Police Department using ArcGIS software has developed an enterprise geographic information system (GIS) platform, supporting intelligence-led policing efforts. The department also uses CrimeView crime analysis software from the Omega Group. Since implementing GIS, the department has achieved lower crime rates in a number of areas.

The department made the decision to implement GIS after recognizing the benefits of crime mapping as a tool for crime analysis. The agency was awarded a Community-Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grant from the United States Department of Justice, which provided the funding necessary to purchase the required hardware and software. ESRI business partners Fuss & O’Neill and the Omega Group were contracted to build and assist in the implementation of an enterprise GIS solution.

To take advantage of the spatial and analytical components of GIS, the Hartford Police Department sought to build an enterprise system that would interface with the department’s computer-aided dispatch (CAD) and records management system (RMS) databases, with the cadastral and planimetric layers maintained at the municipal level. Also, the system had to be reliable, require minimal daily oversight, and make database updates automatically, and above all, the application needed a user interface that was simple to use.

The department’s enterprise system consists of ESRI’s ArcView, ArcEditor, ArcSDE, ArcIMS, and ArcGIS Spatial Analyst. ArcGIS helps with crime analysis, the city’s new neighborhood policing plan, Computer Statistics (COMPSTAT), resource allocation, emergency event analysis, and more.

The department has realized tremendous benefits from its GIS efforts including significant reductions in burglaries, auto thefts, and street robberies. The City of Hartford applied for the extremely competitive Universal Police Hiring Grant issued by the U.S. Department of Justice and clinched the award by using a “hot spot” map of gun violence to clearly show the need for additional police resources within specific neighborhoods. The city received funding for 20 additional police officers. The Hartford Police Department also received a Special Achievement in GIS Award at the 27th Annual ESRI International User Conference.