Innovations in Police IT Archives - Philly

Innovations in Police IT


Feb. 18, 2014 12:30 pm

‘Smart policing’ movement training Philly cops to be data scientists

Crime is down all across the board in Philadelphia: in 2013, so-called Part 1 crimes, which include violent crime and property crimes, were down 5.8 percent from 2012, according to crime data. And the city's top police officials say that's in part because of the Police Department's new crime analysts.

Feb. 11, 2014 10:30 am

How mapping tech holds Philly cops accountable

"If I challenge a commander, he can't hide from the truth because that information will come forward on the map," said the Police Department's Deputy Commissioner Kevin Bethel.

Nov. 7, 2013 12:30 pm

Philly Police will be first big city cops to use Azavea’s crime predicting software

Developed with the support of about $800,000 in federal grants, HunchLab uses data on past crimes, weather, special events and more to calculate the level of risk for different types of crimes in different neighborhoods.

Jul. 18, 2013 12:52 pm

Is data analysis why Philly homicide rate is 38% lower than last year?

Is crime data analysis helping lower the city's homicide rate?

Jul. 11, 2013 12:00 pm

How geolocation helped Philly cops catch “The Grinch That Stole Christmas” [VIDEO]

Detective Justin Frank told the story to a crowd of more than 14,000 GIS professionals at the annual Esri International User Conference in San Diego earlier this month.

Jul. 3, 2013 9:00 am

Delaware Valley Intelligence Center: $20M regional public safety hub opens

Seven years in the making, the $20 million project will centralize crime-fighting intelligence operations and facilitate information sharing between partners that include the Philadelphia Police Department, Amtrak and SEPTA Police, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the FBI.

Jun. 21, 2013 10:30 am

SafeCam: Police Department’s private security camera database has helped solve 85 crimes since Jan.

The Police Department does not have direct access to the 360 SafeCam-registered cameras. Instead, officers contact civilians if a crime occurred near one of the cameras. The program is essentially a way for cops to know what kind of footage exists.

May 10, 2013 10:00 am

City wins international GIS award for crime-mapping system

Launched in October 2012, the GIS is one part of what project manager Grant Ervin called "the biggest public safety GIS in the country," which will eventually support the Fire Department and the Office of Emergency Management.

Apr. 16, 2013 11:00 am

No reason we are not videotaping every police confession: civil rights attorney David Rudovsky

The Philadelphia Police Department doesn't film its interrogations, but some legal and civil rights experts say that's a mistake. "There is absolutely no reason with our technology why we we are not videotaping every confession," said civil rights attorney David Rudovsky.

Mar. 5, 2013 10:30 am

90% of Philly police video feeds are SEPTA surveillance cameras

The Police Department's 24-hour Real Time Crime Center has access to 1,798 surveillance camera feeds, nearly 90 percent of which are SEPTA cameras at subway stations, bus stops and regional rail lines.

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