The Safer Derbyshire Partnership - Case Study


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The Safer Derbyshire Partnership - Case Study

  1. 1. CASE STUDYThe Safer Derbyshire Partnership THE SAFER DERBYSHIRE PARTNERSHIP WANTED TO MAP CRIME TYPES AGAINST LOCATIONS,“MAPINFO® CRIME PROFILER IS DEFINITELY HELPING US ESTABLISH TRENDS AND USETO BUILD A SAFER COMMUNITY.” THE INFORMATION TO DEPLOY RESOURCES MORE EFFECTIVELY.Clare Usherwood, Partnership Analyst, Safer Derbyshire Researchand Information TeamChallenge SUMMARYThe Safer Derbyshire Derbyshire County Council is a local To map the hotspots, the Safer DerbyshirePartnership, a joint initiative government authority with responsibility for Partnership selected the Pitney Bowes Softwarebetween Derbyshire County providing public services to some 750,000 MapInfo Crime Profiler solution, whichCouncil, Derbyshire people living in this largely rural East Midlands Partnership Analyst Clare Usherwood had county. Its responsibilities include working seen demonstrated at 2009’s Crime MappingConstabulary and local statutory with the county’s Police force, Derbyshire Conference. MapInfo Crime Profiler is a locationpartners, wanted to identify Constabulary, to manage and reduce crime intelligence solution that combines multiplejuvenile crime hotspots near and to make Derbyshire a safer place to live. discrete data sets to create detailed maps andthree schools in order to deploy visualizations of criminal activity, includingresources such as Police To help to achieve these aims, the Safer temporal and spatial hotspots.Community Support Officers Derbyshire Partnership was established tomore effectively. co-ordinate efforts between the Council, the Usherwood knew immediately that MapInfo Police and other local public sector agencies Crime Profiler was the solution that Safer to tackle and reduce crime and anti-social Derbyshire needed. “MapInfo Crime Profiler’s behavior in line with national targets. capabilities align perfectly to our needs,” sheSolution said. “Whereas previously we had relied uponThe Safer Derbyshire team In 2009 the Safer Derbyshire Partnership Microsoft Excel for data capture and thechose Pitney Bowes Software identified a need to deploy closely-targeted basic MapInfo package for grid analysis, withMapInfo Crime Profiler, a ® resources to combat youth crime concentrated MapInfo Crime Profiler we can now map crimelocation intelligence solution in and around a number of the region’s schools. types and locations, establish trends and use Residents had complained of juvenile criminal the information to deploy resources morethat enables law enforcement and anti-social behavior ranging from noise and effectively. It’s definitely helping us to buildagencies to map, visualize and nuisance to theft and assault. a safer community.”analyze crime data. MapInfoCrime Profiler uncovered Calls to the Police coupled with minutes from The first step for the SDRI was to load a numbera number of youth crime community meetings suggested that criminal of different data sets into MapInfo Crime Profilerhotspots, allowing the Council and anti-social behavior tended to peak in order to correlate the data and produce aand Police to make effective at certain times of the day and in certain detailed map of youth crime hotspots. Data setsdecisions about the deployment geographic locations. The Safer Derbyshire ranging from school attendance registers and Research and Information team (SDRI) wanted the Guardian crime database to Derbyshireof resources in schools and on to pinpoint these youth crime ‘hotspots’ in Constabulary’s calls for service records andbus routes. order to support the deployment of Police Anti-Social Behavior (ASB) intervention register Community Support Officers (PCSOs), Youth were cleaned and formatted using InfoShare Offending Teams and other resources as OmniData gazetteer before being loaded into effectively as possible. MapInfo Crime Profiler.
  2. 2. “WE COULDN’T HAVE ANALYZED CRIME DATA TO THIS DEGREE WITHOUT MAPINFO CRIME PROFILER. IT WOULD HAVE TAKEN WEEKS IN EXCEL, BUT NOW WE CAN SIMPLY LOAD THE DATASETS AND START PULLING RESULTS STRAIGHT OUT.” Clare Usherwood, Partnership Analyst, Safer Derbyshire Research and Information Team The SDRI team then added data from the Profiler are now being used by the Community minutes of residents’ association and other Safety Reduction Partnerships and Derbyshire community group meetings in order to check Constabulary to decide where and when to if the identified hotspots matched up with deploy resources to tackle crime and liaise residents’ complaints. Maps of local highways the community. To date five initiatives have been and bus routes were also included, as one launched as a result of the analysis, rangingUNITED STATES of the objectives of the investigation was to from deploying youth workers in local parks toOne Global View reduce juvenile crime by deploying PCSOs on dealing with teenage intoxication, to identifyingTroy, NY 12180800.327.8627 buses at appropriate times of day. individuals who could benefit from included in the county’s Street Games program, RESULT a community diversionary scheme that aims toCANADA channel young people’s energy into sport rather26 Wellington Street East Once the data had been cleaned, formatted and than crime.Suite 500 loaded into MapInfo Crime Profiler, the SDRIToronto, ON M5E 1S2 team were able to start producing visualizations In the future, the data will also inform a much800.268.3282 immediately. MapInfo Crime Profiler quickly more closely targeted deployment of revealed a number of crime and anti-social on buses, as well as enabling youth crime andEUROPE/UNITED KINGDOM behavior hotspots around individual schools community liaison services to co-locate more and bus routes and at certain times of the day effectively in Derbyshire’s schools.Minton PlaceVictoria Street and night.Windsor, Berkshire SL4 1EG As for Derbyshire’s use of MapInfo Crime+44.800.840.0001 Although there was some work to do to finetune Profiler, this research project has been bandwidths to ensure that individual crimes the start. “We’re already using MapInfo Crime in low-crime areas did not appear as hotspots, Profiler to map violent crimes over the pastASIA PACIFIC/AUSTRALIA Usherwood says that MapInfo Crime Profiler’s two years to identify emerging trends,” saidLevel 7, 1 Elizabeth Plaza ability to produce accurate and detailed maps Usherwood. “MapInfo Crime Profiler is enablingNorth Sidney NSW 2060 saved weeks of work. “We couldn’t have analyzed us to conduct more complex, in-depth trend+61.2.9437.6255 the data to this degree without it,” she said. “It analysis. As a result, we’re now able to would have taken weeks in Excel, but with Crime and visualize trends that were Profiler we can simply load the datasets and invisible. We expect MapInfo Crime Profiler to start pulling results straight out.” be used extensively to support the valuable work of the Safer Derbyshire Partnership.” The hotspot maps produced by MapInfo Crime THE PITNEY BOWES SOFTWARE ADVANTAGE Crime analysis and mapping have become essential tools for law enforcement, not only to aid detection rates but also to support operational efficiency and effectiveness, management reporting and other tasks. Location intelligence-based crime mapping and crime analysis solutions from Pitney Bowes Software allow local authorities and law enforcement agencies to slice, dice and visualize crime data for real, actionable insight. Visit for more information. Every connection is a new opportunity ™ Pitney Bowes Software is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Pitney Bowes Inc. Pitney Bowes, the Corporate logo, 00000 AMER 1205 MapInfo and MapInfo Crime Profiler are [registered] trademarks of Pitney Bowes Inc. or a subsidiary. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. © 2012 Pitney Bowes Software, Inc. All rights reserved.