Lt. Howard Coombs
Public Information Officer

09/02/09   Gulfport Police Department Launches On-line Crime Alerting and Mapping Service

[Gulfport, FL] – The Gulfport Police Department has announced a new On-line Crime Alerting and Mapping Service that provides easy to read incident crime maps and automated alerts to citizens. The service, located at or directly from the police department Web site, provides neighborhood crime data in near real-time and is available now.

The CrimeReports service is free to the public and allows citizens to receive automatic daily, weekly or monthly email alerts if/when crimes occur near their home, office, local school, etc. Citizens can also view reported crime activity on an easy to use map for any location within Gulfport’s boundaries. Crime incident data is updated nightly and includes:

Incident type
Distance from citizen’s address
Event identification/case  number
Brief crime incident description

“We’ve been asked to maintain services and cut expenses. Since our crime analyst is covering for the vacated records position, we haven’t been able to publish statistical reports for citizens. This program will allow us to continue to offer a service that may have otherwise been cut out of the budget--and it takes much less time and expense this way” said Howard Coombs, Interim Chief of Police.

“By participating in, the Gulfport Police Department is demonstrating its commitment to service and safety by making crime information available to the citizens,” said Greg Whisenant, co-founder and CEO of Public Engines, which makes the application.  “Gulfport’s police staff are forward-looking, providing timely, location specific information to the public when they need it” he said.

The CrimeReports service is an ideal implementation of the Global Justice XML Data Model (GJXDM), the authorized data sharing protocol developed and supported by the United States Department of Justice (USDOJ). Using GJXDM as the underlying technology gives the application much more versatility and flexibility. For example, if adjacent law enforcement agencies choose to integrate with the service, side by side data will be readily available for both alerting and analytics. It will also allow for additional integration at the regional, state and even national level.