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March 27, 2014

Turning Data from Foe to Friend

We only need to login to our Facebook account to see the world is in data overload mode with people telling us the latest breaking news, which stores have the best sales and which recipes to try. You are not immune from being bombarded with all this data in your world of policing. Every second, critical operational data is flying around with incidents reported, crimes committed, calls for service received and records entered. How you capture, access and analyze this data and then what you do with it, determines the value.

The arrival of big data, while certainly overwhelming, presents real opportunities for policing organizations to do “better with less” according to Ken Corney, Police Chief of Ventura, CA. His department has invested in tools to do hotspot policing by taking all the data around them and using it in an organized way to get to the scenes faster and make more appropriate decisions. Chief Corney is using data to develop information to be able to respond more appropriately and to put the resources in the most impactful places. His department uses hotspot policing to look at where the crime is and what’s influencing crime, and then they direct their resources into those areas

Click here to read the full blog from Steve Beach, Solutions Engagement Manager for Motorola’s Real-Time Crime Center.

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