Melvindale police to use crime mapping

Photo by Sue Suchyta Melvindale Deputy Police Chief Dan Jones told the City Council about a new crime mapping app that provides information about crime activity in a given neighborhood, to help reduce crime through better-informed residents. He said officers can use the app on their phone and adjust patrols accordingly.

Photo by Sue Suchyta
Melvindale Deputy Police Chief Dan Jones told the City Council about a new crime mapping app that provides information about crime activity in a given neighborhood, to help reduce crime through better-informed residents. He said officers can use the app on their phone and adjust patrols accordingly.

Residents can access app

By SUE SUCHYTA
Sunday Times Newspapers

MELVINDALE – An online crime mapping application will soon help police patrol more effectively and help residents reduce crime, Deputy Police Chief Dan Jones said at the May 16 City Council meeting.

Jones said when a police report is written in the Courts and Law Enforcement Management Information System, and approved, the information is transferred to a crime mapping application, and a generic icon of a type of crime is posted on a map, showing the area where it occurred.

Categories include arson, assault, burglary, disturbing the peace, drug and alcohol violations, driving under the influence, fraud, homicide, motor vehicle theft, robbery, sex crimes, theft and larceny, vandalism, vehicle break in with theft, and weapon violations.

“The two good things about this is, one, the public has complete access to it, free, all they have to do is download the app,” Jones said. “The second part is the officers are now going to have that app on their phones, so they’ll be able to see in live time where the crimes are occurring, so they will be able to adjust their patrols.”

Jones said if officers note repeated vandalism in an area, or thefts from autos in an area, it will be a great tool for proactive patrolling. He said it was also a valuable tool to let residents know what is occurring, and what they should watch for and take precautions against.

For more information, go to facebook.com/melvindalepolice/ and crimemapping.com/map/mi/melvindale.
(Sue Suchyta can be reached at sue.suchyta@yahoo.com.)

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