Monday, November 16, 2009

Roll your own statistics

You can get your own crime statistics easily on our web site, by specifying the time period and the offenses you are interested in. I believe that Clair Lindquist, our IT whiz, built this about six or seven years ago.It's a nice little utility, that probably is helpful to a lot of students, in particular. Internally, you can get a little more detail with a more robust version of the same application that breaks down the data by police command areas (we call them Teams.)

I noticed a few months ago that the Nebraska Commission on Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice (AKA the Crime Commission) has deployed a similar applications on their public web site. It's really quite powerful. You can custom produce tables of offense data, arrest statistics, and crime rates. By clicking agencies while holding down the Ctrl key, you can select several agencies for comparison. This allows you to perform some interesting analysis.

There are several other databases and statistical reports available from the Crime Commission's statistics page. It is an excellent statewide resource.


Trevor Brass said...

Now if only the city's budget was this easy to mince for personal consumption.

Steve said...

Here I thought "rolling your own" was a phrase used only by cowboys and hippies.

Anonymous said...

I'm with you Steve, I got excited when I saw the headline thought the Chief might talk about his favorite bud to roll or something, but I guess not :(