GIS Supports Mapping for Citizens Police Academy

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Twice a year the City of Park Ridge offers its residents a chance to
attend a Citizen’s Police Academy in order to learn more about the
standard police processes that occur on a daily basis. Some of the
topics discussed at this academy include traffic enforcement, DUI
enforcement and standard police procedures. The overall goal of this
academy is to allow the citizens of the city to participate in a program
that will educate them on the many facets of the Police Department
within a short nine week session. After nine weeks each member will
graduate from the academy and will hopefully have a new outlook on their
local Police Department.

This program, like any, has included some minor enhancements geared
at helping the participants retrieve information in the proper ways so
that it is easily understandable. One enhancement that was introduced to
the Spring 2011 session was the use of Geographic Information System
(GIS) maps to display the various products that the Police Department
utilizes to help them analyze the events happening within the city. Two
of the maps that were supplied included a police beat map and a traffic
accident count map. These maps were then inserted into the materials
that each participant receives at the academy and acted as a visual aid
during a discussion on a particular procedure carried out by a police
officer (i.e. police enforcement and traffic study analysis).

Everybody processes information differently but it is believed that
the introduction of maps into the Citizen’s Police Academy will play a
positive role in the interpretation of information by the academy’s
participants. Sometimes a simple map can go a long way.

GIS Supports Mapping for Citizens Police Academy

Blog_GIS_Supports_Mapping_for_Citizens_Police_Academy.png

Twice a year the City of Park Ridge offers its residents a chance to
attend a Citizen’s Police Academy in order to learn more about the
standard police processes that occur on a daily basis. Some of the
topics discussed at this academy include traffic enforcement, DUI
enforcement and standard police procedures. The overall goal of this
academy is to allow the citizens of the city to participate in a program
that will educate them on the many facets of the Police Department
within a short nine week session. After nine weeks each member will
graduate from the academy and will hopefully have a new outlook on their
local Police Department.

This program, like any, has included some minor enhancements geared
at helping the participants retrieve information in the proper ways so
that it is easily understandable. One enhancement that was introduced to
the Spring 2011 session was the use of Geographic Information System
(GIS) maps to display the various products that the Police Department
utilizes to help them analyze the events happening within the city. Two
of the maps that were supplied included a police beat map and a traffic
accident count map. These maps were then inserted into the materials
that each participant receives at the academy and acted as a visual aid
during a discussion on a particular procedure carried out by a police
officer (i.e. police enforcement and traffic study analysis).

Everybody processes information differently but it is believed that
the introduction of maps into the Citizen’s Police Academy will play a
positive role in the interpretation of information by the academy’s
participants. Sometimes a simple map can go a long way.