Law Enforcement Technology Helping to Make Streets Safer
When many people first hear of intelligence-led policing, the idea is striking: using compiled data to measure every nuance of previous crimes, such as time of day, weather, location, number of people involved, to then direct officers to those areas or similar ones that share similar attributes. The premise seems logical, and it saves time, resources, and money since patrol personnel are located where they are most needed.
NC4 Street SmartTM is one such crime-fighting tool that allows officers to quickly pinpoint activity on a computer-generated map, share recent information via blogs or bulletins, and compile data from recent crimes for correlation. Below are a few of the broad ideas covered by intelligence-led policing.
- Intelligence-led policing is driven by people: Intelligence-led policing places officers where they are needed most. While computer-generated data may show areas of interest, it is the duty of the first responder to determine if the data is relevant and will actually predict an area is more subject to crime. The human element, in other words, inevitably makes the decision to compile factual data for an overview of where crimes are more likely to be committed.
- Using social media as a crime-fighting tool: Officers have been using social media for years. School resource officers search social media links for predators posing as school-aged friends, for instance. If this information is compiled with other social media sources and shared via intelligence-led policing software, it could mean the difference between meeting a friend after school versus falling prey to a predator.
- Intelligence-led policing connects officers with communities: While some people believe crime mapping leads to officers spending undue time in their patrol cars reading and compiling data, it truly does not change the goal of trust building; it accentuates it because officers know the areas they need to be seen and where they can interact with citizens.
Using an intelligence-led methodology can significantly help reduce crime. Crime analysis and crime mapping allow officers to know in advance what to expect. Planning their routes using crime mapping technology enhances awareness, which can save officers' lives, reduce crime, and give communities a sense of security. NC4 Street Smart™ has been designed for law enforcement agencies to easily perform crime analysis, as well as acting as a bridge to compile and share vital information among your organization and others in the law enforcement community. Give NC4 a call at 877-624-4999.
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