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Philippine police embraces GIS-based crime analysis tool

La Trinidad, Philippines: The La Trinidad Municipal Police Station, Philippines, received a computerised GIS-based tool which would help in crime analysis and provide better crime solutions. The tool is designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyse, manage, and present all types of geographical data. It is a tool for mapping geospatial features such as parcels of land, buildings and roads. It will then connect this data to existing databases, thus providing intelligence which will help in analysing different features.

The system is increasingly being adopted in law enforcement because of its critical capabilities such as it could help the police department map crime density for the entire town or just for certain areas which could provide appropriate actions that needed to be done.

Chief of Police, Chief Inspector Richard Albon said that some local police personnel were already trained on crime mapping and planning on crime solution and prevention schemes under the GIS programme.

However, there are some requirements before the system could be established such as updated satellite maps of the town, computers dedicated to the system, and GPS unit, a space-based satellite navigation system that provides location and time information globally. Albon has requested the local government unit to provide necessary equipment to jumpstart the programme.

In Cordillera region, only Baguio City Police has established a GIS, which has 95 percent coverage. Initially, the chief inspector admitted he was reluctant about the project but later on realised the importance of the system which impacts on crime prevention and solution efficiency in a town with a population of 110,500.

Source: PIA