San Francisco Police Department Incident Reporting and Analysis Tool

Nov 15, 2007

I came across the San Francisco Police Department Incident and Reporting Tool, and at first glance it looked like Oakland Crimespotting with the map and incidents, but not as sleek or fluid.

I was about to click away, but then I saw movement on the map. In addition to recent incidents, the map also has police unit tracking. You can see where certain units are at any given time as well as a video feed. That’s pretty cool. However, it doesn’t seem live, because every car is Officer Heinz, every car shows the same video, and the timestamp on the video shows November 2004. I guess it’s just a demo or prototype right now.

How cool would it be if that were live though? I can imagine plasma screens on the walls of every gang’s central control station. Crime could be transformed forever.

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