RAIDS ONLINE CRIME MAPPING

The Swatara Township Police Departments new initiative to help the public stay better informed about crime activity in their neighborhoods. This initiative is consistent with our on-going initiative called Operation Vigilant Protector where Swatara Township police officers are actively looking for conditions where members of the public may likely fall prey to criminal activity and then take steps to correct the situation and educate the citizen about how to protect themselves better. This initiative provides information directly to the public in a meaningful way so citizens can educate themselves about criminal activity occurring in their neighborhoods and then take steps to protect themselves.

To facilitate this communication the Police Department has partnered with RAIDS Online powered by Bair Analytics. Bair Analytic’s public crime map and RAIDS Online connects law enforcement with the community to reduce crime and improve public safety. Crime mapping helps the public visualize the crime activity in their area so they can make informed decisions about how to stay safe, avoid becoming a victim of crime and be on the alert for suspicious activity.

RAIDS Online goes beyond just mapping crime by automatically alerting the public about recent crime activity and by improving communication between the public and law enforcement through anonymous tips. RAIDS Online puts the same technology used by law enforcement to analyze and interpret crime activity into the hands of the public. Data that the public views is provided directly from the Swatara Township Police Department through it Police records management system to ensure it is of high quality, accurate and timely. Citizens may access RAIDS Online through the world-wide web at www.raidsonline.com and subscribe to receive Weekly Neighborhood Watch Reports for Swatara Township.

The Swatara Township Police Department is hopeful that providing this type of information to our citizens will further build trust and improve communications between the Police and the public which will lead to detection of more crime and ultimately help us to work together to reduce and prevent crime.

Any questions about this new initiative may be directed to the Office of Chief of Police or any member of the Command Staff.