Seaside PD Gives Public a Window into Crime Data
August 23, 2012
Seaside Police Department is collecting more specific data than ever before, and with a series of public meetings beginning today, invites the public to view neighborhood maps that will show what types of crime are occurring where, and how patrol adapts.
Computer Comparison Statistics, known as Compstat, was known for improving efficiency at the New York PD starting in 1994. Seaside started using a version of Compstat earlier this year as a management tool.
Officers will present on comparisons in crime statistics last month as compared to last year. "We'll show how many burglaries there are, and what we are doing about it, what our patrol plans are," Commander Judy Stradan says.
Salinas PD and others have been considering newer, more focused crime mapping technology known as Predictive Policing, designed to help officers zero in their patrol routes in anticipation of specific crimes likely to occur at certain times.
Seaside PD welcomes the public to Compstat meetings with updated monthly crime data at 10am on the following dates: Thursday, Aug. 23; Thursday, Sept. 27; Thursday, Oct. 25; Monday, Nov. 29; and Thursday, Dec. 27. Meeting take place at Seaside City Hall, 440 Harcourt Ave.