From Cody Telep. Follow him on Twitter @codywt, email him at cody[AT]borderstan.com
The Metropolitan Police Department’s Crime Mapping Application continues to be unavailable as the department transitions to a new records management system. The application, which allows the public (and crime bloggers!) to view crime data and statistics and the geographic location of serious crime incidents, has been offline since September 17.
Currently, visitors to the mapping site are unable to view any crime data and instead see the following message: “Due to a data transmission issue, the site has been temporarily disabled. We will make the content available as soon as the issue has been resolved.”
Chief Cathy Lanier addressed the issue on Thursday during WTOP’s monthly “Ask the Chief” show (beginning at about 17:43 in the audio file). She explained that the problem arose when MPD combined four different data and records systems into one.
After the data transfer took place on September 16, the Department realized that the Crime Mapping Application was producing skewed numbers. These issues have not yet been fully addressed, and Lanier noted that even the internal crime data she uses still contains at least 300 duplicate records.
MPD is working with the Office of the Chief Technology Officer to update the Crime Mapping Application, but Lanier said the system (along with updated crime incident files from the D.C. Data Catalog) would be unavailable for at least another month. Daily reports of crime incidents are still posted to the MPD Yahoo! Groups for the Second District (Dupont) and Third District (U Street and Logan).
Hopefully things will be up and running by early 2013 for the 2012 Borderstan crime year in review.