Crime View Meeting
Once a month administrators of the Placentia Police Department receive a briefing, an overview, of the past month's crime statistics. The briefing is a rather clever blend of old methods and new technology. Crime reporting has always been a part of police work, but what is most helpful today is the incidents are being plotted on computer maps and can be displayed according to type of crime. The reports are handed out at the beginning of the meeting as printed copies and displayed on a computer screen at the front of the briefing room as the meeting progresses. The briefing books are full of charts, statistical tables, and maps, a lot of maps with dots on them according to the type of crime. Discussions and ideas are brought up quite a few times during the briefing process. In this way, crime fighting managers can better understand geographical pattern of crime and better deploy their limited resources.
Image above taken November 17, 2009. The police chief (center back to camera), department heads and staff, as needed, all attend this once a month meeting to go over last month's crime statistics. Neighborhood Watch representatives are also allowed to attend.