A press release from McHenry County government:
County Departments collaborate to create MCSO Crime Mapping Program
WOODSTOCK, IL – McHenry County is recognized as a good steward of taxpayer funds through conservative budget practices.
This has allowed the County to obtain and maintain a Aaa bond rating through Moody’s Financial Services.
The strength behind the County’s success is not only the result of the policies set by the elected officials but also the innovative, dedicated and creative employees that make up the McHenry County Government workforce.
McHenry County Government employees are continually finding ways to challenge the status quo of service delivery by working collaboratively with fellow employees across department lines and other local governments.
A recent collaboration that exemplifies this is the development of the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Crime Mapping Program.
The development of a mapping system with an outside vendor could have potentially cost thousands of dollars.
The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) instead chose to challenge the McHenry County Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Department to create this program.
Over the span of a six month period, the GIS Department took a complicated idea from conceptualization to a crime mapping program that allows the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office to fight crime smarter.
The MCSO Crime Mapping Program includes a public use site where the general public can review crime trends in County jurisdiction and send tips to CrimeStoppers anonymously.
“Tips from the public have always been an important part of fighting crime,” stated Undersheriff Andy Zinke.
“This new website, created by the County’s GIS Department provides the public a powerful new tool in their efforts to help law enforcement.”
The MCSO Crime Mapping Program also includes an internal crime map that is very user friendly and is now used to create monthly crime trend reports in minutes (saving the MCSO Intelligence Unit about 30 man hours each month).
It is also used to create daily and weekly crime reports that each shift commander can use to allocate their resources more efficiently to provide the citizens of McHenry County with even higher quality public safety.
The McHenry County Emergency Telephone System Board also worked on this collaboration by providing data for the MCSO Crime Mapping Program.
The MCSO Crime Mapping Program can be found on the Sheriff’s website (www.mchenrysheriff.org) under the “Crime Mapping” tab.
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This is a powerful tool that the McHenry County GIS Department has developed. Above I have spliced the property crimes for the last thirty days for Wonder Lake. Only crimes from the unincorporated areas are included. It would be so useful if municipalities were included in the data base.