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City of Long Beach, CA

02/09/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 02/09/2018 18:54

Long Beach Residents Can Now View Crime Incidents Online

The Long Beach Police Department in collaboration with the Long Beach Technology and Innovation Department has developed a new crime incident mapping application that will make up-to-date crime activity information, occurring within the City, readily available for residents.

'An informed community is a safer community, and this innovative application will provide our residents with a valuable tool to educate themselves and their families.' said Mayor Robert Garcia.

The new application provides the public with easy-to-use search tools to query crimes within their neighborhoods, including an interactive map that allows users to zoom-in/out throughout various areas of the city to identify crime incidents. The source is the last six months of data obtained from the Police Department's Records Management System (RMS), which is updated weekly to provide the public with accurate and timely information. Additionally, there are built-in visual enhancements, such as charts, that users can view as they navigate through the data. For further analysis, users can create customized reports of selected areas as well as download raw data.

'The launch of this new Crime Incident Mapping application is a continued effort to enhance our Department's transparency, allowing us to work together with our community to reduce crime in our neighborhoods,' said Police Chief Robert Luna. 'Making Long Beach a safer city for all residents remains our top priority.'

'The development of this new application will place the City of Long Beach as one of the leading cities that publish Open Police Data in geospatial format,' said Lea Eriksen, Interim Director of Technology and Innovation.

Significant capabilities and enhancements of the application include:

  • Geographical Information: Users can see labels of reporting district, division, and beat, to assist viewers when zooming-in/out of the map.
  • Filter Capabilities: Users can filter crime incidents by date range, time, and/or crime type.
  • Enhanced Visualizations: Users have the option to view charts of the selected crime data as they zoom-in/out of the map. Charts are available for the following: incident category, time of day, day of week, crime by division, and six-month activity.
  • Data Download: Users can select specific areas to view and download data. Downloads will be available in raw data format and/or a printer-friendly report of the selected area, as well as a map of the area.

All data available through the application is preliminary based on reported incidents. Actual crime statistics are determined after a multi-level review process. The application will launch on Friday, February 9, 2018 and can be found by visiting the Long Beach Police Department's website at http://www.longbeach.gov/police/crime-info/crime-incidents/ or through the DataLB tab located on the City's homepage.

About the City of Long Beach

Home to approximately 470,000 people, the multiple award-winning and innovative City of Long Beach offers all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled together along the California coast. Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a highly-rated school district, Long Beach Airport, the Port of Long Beach, as well as many award-winning City departments such as Health, Parks, Recreation and Marine, Development Services and more. The City also has a highly-respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, five golf courses, 170 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths, and a Bike Share program.

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