Gore and Reno Announce Report on Crime-Mapping Technology

Vice President Al Gore and U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno released a report this week on how the federal government could improve how state and local communities and law enforcement officials use information technology tools to reduce and prevent crime.

The report, "Mapping Out Crime," released July 12, calls for the government to make crime-mapping software, training and technical support more widely available to police departments. It urges Congress to appropriate funds for a 21st Century Policing Initiative and encourages investment to help communities improve public safety.

The report showcases a number of projects that use crime-mapping tools effectively, including:

The Baltimore Police Department's use of a crime-mapping management system that tracks safety zones in high-crime areas.

Chicago's use of Information Collection for Automated Mapping (ICAM), a tool that analyzes police beats, districts, sectors and citywide crime patterns by the time of day and day of the week.

The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police's use of technologies to map the city's streets so that command staff and community officers using these maps and crime data on a daily basis.

The report can be found at www.npr.gov/library/papers/bkgrd/crimemap/content.html

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