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Technology paying off for Pawtucket PD

March 4, 2014

PAWTUCKET — Thanks in part to some incident-mapping software and new ideas that help police assess where to best employ resources, the city has seen a more than 10 percent reduction in crime from last year.

Statistics compiled by the Pawtucket Police Department and reviewed by the R.I. State Police for inclusion in the national FBI crime database show an overall drop in crime in the city of about 10.3 percent for 2013, including significant declines in several major categories.

“This overall crime reduction was accomplished with the help of several modernized police techniques we have implemented over the past few years,” said Police Chief Paul King. These include a software system overlaying crimes with accidents to better direct patrols, citywide crime-mapping, an online reporting system for the public, and public outreach initiatives, including school resource officers and a community summer program for youths, he said.


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