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Posted on: April 16, 2014

AJPD Launches RAIDS Online – a Crime Map for the Public

Apache Junction, Arizona, April 16, 2014 – The Apache Junction Police Department (AJPD) and BAIR Analytics Inc. recently partnered to provide a new way for the public to stay informed about crime in Apache Junction. AJPD was previously using CrimeMapping.com and Tipsoft, which will be replaced with RAIDS Online (www.raidsonline.com) and Citizen Observer (http://www.citizenobserver.com/cov6/app/webTipForm.html?id=10796). RAIDS Online maps and analyzes crime data, alerts Apache Junction citizens about crimes in their area, and allows AJPD to quickly alert the public about crimes as they occur.

Apache Junction citizens can now view a map and grid with all of the crimes in their area and sign up for neighborhood watch reports that automatically email a breakdown of recent crime activity. RAIDS Online automatically syncs with AJPD’s records system to keep crime information updated online and in the mobile app. Citizens can also submit an anonymous tip about crime directly to AJPD through Citizen Observer. The information is reviewed by the analyst and assigned accordingly.

“The Apache Junction Police Department’s participation in RAIDS Online highlights their commitment to proactive communication with the public they serve,” said Sean Bair, founder of BAIR Analytics, “We’re excited to partner with the Apache Junction Police Department to provide this free service for their public.” Online is ad-free and BAIR Analytics does not sell the data to third party vendors, thus the agency remains in complete control over their data.

“These services benefit the department by increasing opportunities to share and obtain information related to crime, and will benefit citizens by offering alternative methods of communicating with AJPD,” shared Chief Thomas E. Kelly. “It is important that the community stay informed and have the ability to access that information at their convenience. We will continue to be transparent and partner with those entities that give our citizens the professional services they deserve.”

The public is reminded that the online programs do not replace 9-1-1. For more information, please contact AJPD’s Community Resource Coordinator at chalonen@ajcity.net or (480) 474-5442.

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