Community policing reimagined

GIS can provide a foundation for establishing trust and accountability between police and the communities they serve. With Esri maps and apps, your agency can share current crime data with the public, demonstrate accountability when use of force incidents occur, promote greater diversity in the workforce, and engage the community in initiatives designed to improve policing services and attain more equitable outcomes.

Communicate crime conditions

Communities of color can be disproportionately affected by crime. Public crime mapping applications can help residents identify and understand historic and emerging crime patterns in their neighborhoods. Easy-to-create custom reports can facilitate community action meetings and help residents visualize crime trends. Community surveys can help leaders gauge public perceptions about crime and overall satisfaction with police performance; they also provide a way to gather feedback that can guide priorities for policing strategies.

A laptop displaying a¬ public crime map in Naperville, Illinois that shows types of crime incidents represented by different icons

Share data about use of force

Help the community understand police use of force incidents. See statistics about how and why force was used and learn more about those communities most impacted by police use of force. Communicate this information through dashboards that can be used by the public to explore patterns in the race and ethnicity of officers and subjects involved in use of force incidents and how these incidents compare to community demographics. Use filters to look at incidents at the neighborhood level, by incident type, or by individual officers. Online surveys can be created to provide feedback from the community about interactions with police personnel.

A laptop displaying a dashboard with information on use of force by neighborhood that includes a map, legend, and two bar graphs Image: Community engagement

Encourage community engagement

Police need to work with the community to achieve goals that create more equitable outcomes. With community engagement apps, residents can find their neighborhood policing officer and leave feedback about ongoing quality of life problems and overall satisfaction with the department's work. These tools also help your agency and the public monitor the status and outcomes of ongoing community problem-solving initiatives.

A laptop displaying a map of Naperville, Illinois with an area outlined in black and dialog box that shows information for the officer that patrols that area

Support police diversity

Understand and share information about the diversity of your agency demographics and promote equitable hiring practices with a dashboard that can be used to understand race and gender characteristics and how they compare to the community as a whole.

A laptop displaying statistics on personnel diversity by race, gender, and residency

Publish open data

Data is foundational to police transparency and accountability. Use GIS tools to publish all of your agency's key documents and authoritative datasets, including crime and incident data, jurisdictional boundaries, general orders, annual reports, and any other key performance indicators that can help foster transparent and open policing.

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Police Transparency

Esri's Police Transparency solution delivers a set of capabilities that helps police agencies share information with the public, promote agency initiatives, demonstrate accountability, encourage diversity, and engage residents to improve policing services and solve community problems.

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