Harford County Sheriff's Office Launches On-line Crime Alerting and Mapping Service with CrimeReports.com
Citizens empowered with near real-time neighborhood crime information available 24/7/365.
(Bel Air, MD July 24, 2008) – Harford County Sheriff’s Office and CrimeReports.com have announced a new On-line Crime Alerting and Mapping Service that provide easy to read incident crime maps and automated alerts to the citizens of Harford County. The service, located on the Harford County Sheriff’s Office Web site, www.harfordsheriff.org, by link to www.crimereports.com provides neighborhood crime data in near real-time and is available now.
Funded by a grant from the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention, the CrimeReports service is free to the public and allows citizens to receive automatic daily, weekly or monthly email alerts if/when crimes occur near their home, office, local school, etc. Citizens can also view reported crime activity on an easy to use map for any location within Harford County’s boundaries for calls for service handled by the Harford County Sheriff’s Office. Crime incident data is updated regularly and includes:
- Incident type
- Distance from citizen's address
- Event identification/case number
- Brief crime incident description
“CrimeReports.com will prove particularly valuable to those in the community who want to stay informed about what is going on in their neighborhoods and empower citizens to work with the sheriff’s department to address neighborhood crime issues.” said Sheriff L. Jesse Bane. “By participating in CrimeReports.com, the Harford County Sheriff’s Office is demonstrating its commitment to service and safety by making crime information available to the citizens of Harford County,” said Greg Whisenant, co-founder and CEO of Public Engines, which makes the CrimeReports.com application. “Sheriff Bane and the Harford County Sheriff’s Office are forward-looking, providing timely, location specific information to the public when they need it,” he said.
The CrimeReports service is an ideal implementation of the Global Justice XML Data Model (GJXDM), the authorized data sharing protocol developed and supported by the United States Department of Justice (USDOJ). Using GJXDM as the underlying technology gives the application much more versatility and flexibility. For example, if adjacent law enforcement agencies choose to integrate with the service, side by side data will be readily available for both alerting and analytics. It will also allow for additional integration at the regional, state and even national level. The Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention funded this project under a grant. All points of view in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position of any State or Federal agency.
CrimeReports.com provides law enforcement agencies with an affordable and easy-to-use Web-based service that lets them share up-to-date neighborhood crime data with the public. Community members can then access this information for free, empowering them to make informed decisions to help improve the safety of their families, friends, property and the community at large. For more information, please visit www.CrimeReports.com.