Oakland Real-Time Crime Map

Remember that car beats exercise in chapter 4 of your GIS 200 textbook?  Check out Oakland’s real-time crime map:

City of Oakland’s Real-Time Crime Map Advances Transparency

The City of Oakland, California, has taken another step toward offering citizens open access to public data by launching the Oakland Police Department (OPD) Calls for Service application. Built using geographic information system (GIS) technology on the Esri ArcGIS platform, the web app provides real-time crime data using an interactive map available from both OPD and city websites.

The new open data source is the latest technological upgrade for the city in an ongoing effort to increase public engagement and information sharing.

“We are committed to transparency, and the Calls for Service application is a tool that assists us in providing information to Oaklanders,” Chief of Police Sean Whent said.

The city’s Information Technology Department designed the app using Esri’s ArcGIS GeoEvent Extension for Server. The extension enables minute-by-minute access to information about crime that occurred within the last 24 hours, filtered through OPD’s 911 computer-aided dispatch (CAD) system.

“Through our partnership with Esri, the city’s IT Department built a robust, secure, and scalable GIS platform to achieve our goal of empowering first responders, city staff, and residents to leverage location-based services,” said Ahsan Baig, division manager, Public Safety Services and Business Applications at the City of Oakland.

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