Calif. agency to discuss real-time crime data mapping system

The Oceanside Police Department implemented the system to inform the community about police response to calls for service

By Police1 Staff

OCEANSIDE, Calif. — In December 2022, the city of Oceanside Police Department (OPD) in California launched an online crime-mapping tool to help prevent crime and alleviate community concerns. 

The tool, created by FirstWatch, shows the community the number of calls the department has responded to over the past 12 to 48 hours through colored location pins spanned across a map of the city. The mapping system informs community members about what kind of incident is taking place.

The technology was funded by the half-cent Measure X sales tax revenue, an initiative passed in 2018 to enhance public safety.

On March 2, at 9 a.m. PT, OPD Chief of Police Fred Armijo and Crime Analysis & Intelligence Supervisor Steve Walter will report on the system, its progress and overall results in a webinar hosted by FirstWatch. Click here to register. 

For more information on the software, see Calif. PD launches crime-mapping tool to create transparency, prevent crime.

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