RCPD Introduces New Crime Mapping for the Public

By: RCPD Press Release Posted By Lindsey Rogers
By: RCPD Press Release Posted By Lindsey Rogers

RILEY COUNTY, Kan. (WIBW) -- The Riley County Police Department recently partnered with BAIR Analytics Inc. to provide a new public crime mapping website called RAIDS Online (www.raidsonline.com) to make it easier for Riley County citizens to keep track of crime in their area.

RAIDS Online maps and analyzes crime data, alerts Riley County citizens about crimes in their area, and allows the Riley County Police Department to quickly alert the public about crimes as they occur. Citizens can easily move between the map, data grid and analytics to learn about the crime that concerns them the most.

BAIR offers RAIDS Online as a free service to any law enforcement agency who wishes to participate. At present, most agencies spend thousands of dollars annually to provide even the most basic crime map to their community. The Riley County Police Department is providing this service to the public at absolutely no cost to the department. “We wanted to do something to help law enforcement in these tough economic times. We consider this a basic service that we are more than happy to provide to the public and our law enforcement friends,” says company founder, Sean Bair, a former police officer and crime analyst.

“Our first goal for RAIDS Online is to offer an economical way for law enforcement agencies to share information with the public they serve,” says Bair. “Our second goal is to provide citizens a way to get information about crime in their community so that they can be better informed. Having an awareness of the true nature and volume of crime in one’s community is the first step to its prevention and suppression. Both goals foster Community Policing, which is something we strongly believe in.”

How it works
RAIDS Online syncs with Riley County Police Department’s records system to automatically upload crime information and keep it updated on the map, a big plus for community members.

Mapping features
RAIDS Online uses Google Maps to display the location and basic information for crimes in any area of interest to the user. RAIDS Online’s vibrant colored maps, icons and symbols work together to deliver easy-to-read crime information at all zoom levels, from a national level down to the citizen’s neighborhood.

Analytic features
Riley County citizens can use RAIDS Online to find patterns and trends of crimes in their community – or even across the nation. Graphs automatically update based on the data that is displayed on the map, giving the user full control over what data is analyzed. Citizens who use RAIDS Online to become aware of crime trends can make more informed decisions regarding where they live, shop, play, send their kids to school and other important choices regarding their personal safety.

Email Reports of Recent Crime Activity
Riley County citizens can sign up for neighborhood crime alerts to receive daily, weekly or monthly emails with a breakdown of crimes in their area.

Anyone can visit Riley County’s crime map at
http://www.raidsonline.com/?address= Riley County%2CKS

About BAIR
For more than 20 years, BAIR Analytics Inc. has provided cutting-edge analytical software, consulting and training solutions for law enforcement, public safety, national defense and academic institutions worldwide. For more information, visit www.bairanalytics.com.

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