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By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes

Thanks to technology, officers with the Keizer Police Department can now virtually see where the hot spots in town are.

What’s more, officers starting a shift can see where crimes have been clustered and use data to predict where trouble might occur next.

Lt. John Troncoso with the KPD explained the Omega Group’s CrimeView Dashboard system during a Keizer City Council work session Monday evening. He was assisted by KPD crime analyst Cara Steele.

“This is something we’ve put together in-house,” Troncoso said. “It was originally designed and then presented to patrol officers and sergeants in May. It represents a shift in methodology. We are using this to drive new patrol strategy.”

Troncoso noted the KPD has used data-reliant systems in the past, but such system didn’t last long. Recent efforts included a weekly bulletin which highlighted where crime was happening. However, by the time that bulletin came out it was sometimes up to two weeks old.

In 2011, KPD supervisors went to an Oregon Department of Transportation conference on Data Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDACTS). That led to a partnership between ODOT and the KPD, with ODOT securing a grant to pay for the $82,000 it took to design the system.

Troncoso said using data has been a natural progression.


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