MIAMI COUNTY — Miami County Sheriff’s Office has launched a new online reporting system allowing users to access sheriff office activity within the county. The system, called RAIDS Online, is an online crime mapping and analytic tool which works with the sheriff’s office records systems to display crime data on a map, grid or on the online dashboard.
According to Chief Deputy Dave Duchak, the new crime mapping tool costs approximately $7,000 per year. Duchak said the project was paid for through the office’s “Furtherance of Justice” fund used for crime prevention.
The crime map can be accessed online on the sheriff’s website under the Community Outreach tab or online at www.raidsonline.com. Users can type in their address or enter “Miami County” to search for reports.
“It’s just another technology tool to get information out to the public for them to be aware of what’s going on in their communities and neighborhoods,” said Duchak. “We want to be as transparent as possible. It also helps us because it alerts neighbors to look out for one another.”
Duchak said the reports are updated each day after a supervisor’s approval. Duchak urges county residents to sign up for an email alert system for email notifications of activity within their neighborhood area.
“If your neighbor had their car broken into, there’s an alert for that. It can make you more aware of what’s going on and possibly help us,” Duchak said. “It’s putting out public records to consume and there are a lot of benefits to hopefully to prevent crimes and solve crimes.”
Duchak said the crime map will show traffic crashes, OVI arrests, sex offender locations and other reports. The crime map does not disclose the exact location or address. The icons on the map will show basic information about the incident such as: crime type, location, block-level address, along with date and time. For example, if an incident is reported in the 1000 block of Windmere Drive, Concord Twp., it will appear as 10XX Windmere Drive along with the report type and number.
“It doesn’t give the address and it doesn’t give the names…just to protect people’s anonymity because we don’t want to do anything to distract anyone from calling us,” Duchak said.
Residents can filter by date, time, and offense types. Data from the Miami County Sheriff’s record’s management system has been exported to the RAIDS database from January 1, 2011, to the present.
“It gives more awareness and I also think it shows how safe Miami County really is,” Duchak said.
Duchak said deputies will begin training on the new software. Officers will have more access to in-depth layers of information which Duchak said will allow for crime monitoring and patterns.
“It’s very cost effective, it’s very beneficial to the public and to law enforcement,” Duchak said. “If third shift wants to see the hot spots for OVI arrests they can pull that up. Our crash re-constructionists can now pull up information real easy with a map they can display where our crashes are, where our problem spots are.”
Duchak said the project took one year to research before going live with the data last week.
“We urge the public to sign up for the alerts to keep them aware of what’s going on in their community and neighborhoods and it’s a good public awareness and crime prevention tool,” Duchak said.
For more information, visit www.miamicountysheriff.org under the Community Outreach tab or visit www.raidsonline.com and search for Miami County.
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