Crime, hurricanes are on the radar of new GIS system - Annapolis Capital

November 24, 2005 -- The old standby on the wall of the local police station -- a map stuck with multicolor pins denoting crimes, follow-up interviews, stakeouts -- is gone.

These days, county police, firefighters, environmental planners, historians and utility engineers are using computerized geographic information systems to pinpoint information, plan strategic moves and simply speed up their work.

"It's a great way to look at a crime scene," Cpl. Brian D. Hassett, mobile data coordinator for county police said Friday at the county's GIS open house.

He stood before an aerial photograph of a recent burglary scene, with arrows pointing to the time and place and a description of the people police stopped or interviewed.

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