“Police have always relied on data — whether push pins tracking crimes on a map, mug shot cards, or intelligence files on repeat offenders. The problem with all that information is that it has traditionally been slow and hard to use,” writes Martin Kaste in their recent NPR article entitled “How Data Analysis Is Driving Policing.”
"I would have to log into 19 different databases. I'd log in, print out all the tickets that were written to you, and lay them on my desk. Then I'd go and run your criminal history on another database, and print that out. And then another database to see how many times your name was associated with crime reports," says Los Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief Dennis Kato in Kaste’s article.
Later in the article, Kaste also shares that “At the Olympic Division station, Officer Jennifer Ramirez reviews her daily mission sheet printout. She eyes the areas she'll target, ‘because these are the hot spots, these are where the crimes tend to happen, this day, this time, based on the crime mapping that we do."
Hot Spots, ok, now we’re talking.
That’s right up your alley.
And the longer we spent reading this article, the more we realized its alignment with how Proactive Operations are handling ‘incidents’ to maximize performance.
Do you see the similarities here?
If not, we recommend reading Kaste’s article – after this one of course.
It’s an informative read with lots of facts about how policing is evolving, much like 21st-century operations.
We’d argue that many things are congruent between policing and running a proactive operation.
So, keep reading; we’re going to share the insight we took from Kaste’s article that might help you enhance your incident management initiatives.