Holland, Zeeland and Grand Valley State University police department data has also been added to the program as of late last week — said Scott Brovont, records director for the Sheriff’s Department.
“We should have all of the 2011 data” for all the departments now, he added.
Colored icons have been added to the legend so residents can easily determine which jurisdiction is involved, Brovont noted.
When you hover your computer’s mouse over one of the dots on the screen, the pop-up information box will also give you the department name, as well as the tracking number and nature of the incident, he said.
GHDPS Capt. Rick Yonker said the program is a useful tool for the media and local residents.
“It’s a great thing for the community, to be able to see what is happening in the community,” Yonker said. “It also gives a tool for looking at trends. It gives us an idea of where we can target our personnel, based on that information.”
The mapping program also works on Apple computers now, according to programmer Justin Munsters, an employee with the county’s Geographical Information Systems Department.
To access the incident mapping, see www.miottawa.org, navigate to the “Courts and Law Enforcement” bar and click on the “Sheriff’s Office” tab. On the lower left-hand side of the screen, you will find a listing of online services, under which you will see “Incident Mapping.” Or click here.
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