City of Philadelphia Police Department and ArcGIS with Grant Erwin and Detective Justin Frank





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Published on Jul 9, 2013

Now this is the kind of news that can really put a police department on the map! Long known for dedicated service and excellence in public safety, the Philadelphia Police Department can now add "Software Superstars" to its list of achievements.

Members of the Police Department's mapping team were honored to learn that they have been selected to receive a Special Achievement award in Geographic Information Systems or -- GIS. The award comes from the ESRI company, which is internationally known for it's work with geographic information systems.

The software, which provides everyone from top-level commanders down to the officer on the street a wealth of crime data, went online in January. The new mapping system takes users through not only police department data, but also possesses the ability to display statistics from other city and state departments. The system replaces an outdated mapping system, which had caused this writer several migraines over the years.

The special achievement award, selected by the staff of ESRI, is especially prestigious due to the number of potential winners. With over 100,000 eligible entrants, our team clearly had to create something special in order to stand out. In the past, the City has hired outside vendors when tackling a project of this magnitude. Having the work entirely completed by City workers adds an additional level of pride to the project.

Congratulations to the team on this extraordinary achievement!

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