Grant Ervin and Detective Justin Frank of the City of Philadelphia Police Department show how they use ArcGIS for Server and web GIS to empower officers and detectives.
00:01Earlier this year, I had the honor of visiting the city of Philadelphia Police Department where they're using...
00:06...ArcGIS Server and web GIS to empower more than 6,000 officers and detectives, and it's making a difference.
00:14To tell us a little bit more about their work, please welcome from the city of Philadelphia...
00:18...and the mayor's office, Grant Ervin.
00:29I'm Grant Ervin, public safety GIS program manager with the city of Philadelphia.
00:34Law enforcement agencies face challenges on a daily basis.
00:37We're comprised of large work forces, bound by tradition, and dependent on intensive human capital.
00:44The need for technology usually becomes a "maybe next year" consideration, so we've learned to take short-term...
00:50...band-aid-style approaches in order to meet our objectives.
00:53However, there comes a point in time we can no longer meet those objectives, and a decision is made that allows us...
01:00...to perform a huge leap forward in terms of technology.
01:03A prime example of that is the Philadelphia Police Department's Crime Mapping and Analysis application.
01:11By integrating over a dozen different law enforcement systems and moving GIS from the desktop to the server...
01:17...we've been able to transform the way the GIS group works and thinks which, in turn, has transformed the way...
01:24...the Philadelphia Police Department works and thinks by enabling everyone to be a GIS user.
01:31So I'd like to show you some of the data we've been able to integrate into the application.
01:39For the first time ever, the entire department has immediate access to real and reliable instant data...
01:46...coming from a number of different systems.
01:51A district commander can now see the activities of his field staff, but he can also see the activities of other groups...
01:58...such as the highway group or a tactical group, or a burglary detail group working in the same area.
02:05He can also relay other information such as active warrants or prison releases.
02:14Now, attempting a paradigm shift at a department with over 6,000 officers took us a little over three years.
02:21And, to be honest with you, at times it actually felt impossible.
02:25But we've managed to change a number of the workflows within the department, and provide tools that...
02:29...have led to more effective and efficient policing.
02:33One of those tools is the Date Range tool.
02:37This tool allows the users to enter a custom set of parameters and have that information returned on the map.
02:43In this example, I'll display three months of narcotics crimes in this specific area of the map.
02:51When the results return on the map, the user actually has the ability now to look at the data in a tabular view...
02:59...a summary account view, which breaks down the information as far where things happen...
03:02...as far as days of the week, or hours of the day, or specific tours, or specific crimes.
03:07But we also provide them the ability to do on-the-fly, hot-spot analysis.
03:13Now, I could sit here and talk about this all day, but I actually thought it would be better if I brought a real detective here...
03:17...to show you how he uses the application.
03:20So many days, nights, weekends, and even holidays, you can find detective Justin Frank logged into the system...
03:26...in order to solve crimes.
03:28Please welcome detective Justin Frank.
03:40My name's detective Justin Frank from the Philadelphia Police Department, and I'm here to talk about how...
03:45...GIS has become a real game changer for the Philadelphia police.
03:52Meet William Hagans, or who we like to call the Grinch that stole Christmas.
03:57Now, right before Christmas, the St. Gabriel's Convent was broken into two nights in a row...
04:03...while the nuns were sleeping.
04:05All the kids Christmas toy and field trip money was stolen.
04:08So I pulled up the map, and I see this guy Hagans gets stopped about an hour after one of the burglaries...
04:14...in a very close proximity.
04:16I gave the order to bring him in.
04:18During interrogation, we learned that Hagans was using another address across town.
04:23The map revealed a similar burglary pattern at that location.
04:28I confronted Hagans with the evidence.
04:30Subsequently, he confessed.
04:33He also told me what he did with the Christmas toy money.
04:36He got a new iPhone and new tattoo.
04:39No drug habit, no sob story, what a special guy.
04:45Thanks to GIS, case closed.
04:52[applause] Thank you.
04:57This guy alluded us for years.
04:59At 18 years old, he was already a veteran criminal.
05:02Now this case exemplifies how we use GIS for predictive analysis.
05:07Now, understand, before mapping, the best we could hope for was maybe to stumble upon one of these burglars...
05:13...get one or two convictions.
05:15So let me preface this a little bit.
05:17At the time, the first district was having a burglary problem, and I was able to use the GIS system to identify a...
05:24...burglary pattern in that location you see up on the hot zone right there.
05:27It's a very small area.
05:29So this time, I had officers focus their attentions in this small area.
05:32I kid you not, within an hour the radio was going nuts.
05:36Cops were screaming, "Send me back up, I'm in full pursuit!" Lights, sirens, everywhere, it was total chaos.
05:41But it was music to my ears, because thanks to GIS, we were in the right place at the right time.
05:54So I'll never forget the look on Reed's face when I showed him the map.
05:58In fact, I let him make his phone call, he calls his dad and he goes, "Yo, Dad, they got me...
06:02...they even had a map with my name on it."
06:08So I confronted Reed with all this evidence.
06:10Subsequently, he confessed to a total of 16 burglaries.
06:16Thanks to GIS.
06:23Now, I'm not the only one that uses GIS.
06:25Here's an example of an interactive web app that my friends at the criminal intelligence unit use to pump...
06:32...real-time situational awareness of gang activity.
06:36Notice the red polygons.
06:38These are hot zones.
06:39Now, understanding gang territory, a zone can go from cold to hot very rapidly and for a myriad of reasons...
06:46...such as a shooting incident or a threat of retaliation.
06:50Getting this information out to officers on the street is mission-critical in keeping them alive.
06:56GIS has become more important to law enforcement now more than ever.
07:00You know why?
07:02Because in today's economy, we are forced, just like everybody else here, to do more with less.
07:07Fifty cops might retire this month.
07:10It doesn't necessarily mean we're going to get 50 replacements.
07:13Citizens don't want to hear, "We don't have enough cops to do the job."
07:16And they shouldn't have to.
07:18GIS allows us to provide Philadelphia with an even higher level of service using less resources.
07:25Now, I have to admit.
07:26I love being a super detective and having an edge over these guys, but I would be remiss if I didn't thank...
07:31...the real heroes in our eyes, and that's you people.
07:35GIS professionals, that provide us with these amazing maps that allow us to make such a difference.
07:40So from me and on behalf of all my brothers and sisters in blue back at the Philly PD, south detectives...
07:46...thank you, very much.
07:57Thanks, Justin; thanks Grant.
07:58But before you guys leave, I want to share a short story with everyone.
08:02Last month, Justin and I had a cheesesteak on the streets of Philly.
08:06It was a Pat's cheesesteak.
08:08And then, this pizza delivery guy came running across the road to talk to Justin.
08:14And he said, how's that court case going against the guy that carjacked me?
08:18And then he said something really inspiring.
08:20The pizza delivery guy said, "How can I help you? What else can I do?"
08:25And for me, that was an amazing moment.
08:28Because I had firsthand evidence of local citizens working with their law enforcement officials using GIS...
08:35...to make a difference in their community.