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Minneapolis joins national effort; interactive crime map now online

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Minneapolis police are adding a new crime-mapping tool that will allow residents to see where crime is happening around the city.

The Pioneer Press reports the crime map is available online, updates daily, allows users to sort different kinds of crime and focus on specific neighborhoods.

According to the report, the department says the RAIDS (Regional Analysis and Information Sharing) online system will improve transparency.

Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau said in a release, "It will give the public a better picture of what's going on in their neighborhoods. This awareness will help the MPD solve and reduce overall crime."

The newspaper reports the system is free to law enforcement agencies that choose to participate and share their data. BAIR Analytics, which is the company that built the system, is pushing to standardize and share crime data across the country.

FOX 9 reports 23 other cities in Minnesota already participate in RAIDS. The majority of those cities are in the metro area and include Apple Valley, Bloomington, Columbia Heights, Golden Valley, Minnetonka, Plymouth, Robbinsdale, Wayzata and several others.

FOX 9 reports in the past, crime maps were added to the MPD website once per week and didn't have interactive capabilities. The new maps are updated daily and also include crime data for the past three years.

"We are hoping the public will use this system to its fullest extent," Harteau said.

The Star Tribune reported the system will also include demographic data. It will have information on the median age, household income and population density of an area.

The crime map can be found at www.raidsonline.com.

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