April 11, 2008 -- An innovative website to store and map countywide community safety information is in development.
The website will provide members of the public with interactive maps showing crime levels in their neighbourhood. In addition, community safety data will be gathered from a wide variety of sources and displayed to allow users a true understanding of issues facing a local community. This approach will also ensure that numerous public agencies and voluntary groups target their limited resources effectively by working closely together and sharing the data they collect.
Buckinghamshire County Council; working in partnership with the four District Councils, Thames Valley Police and Buckinghamshire & Milton Keynes Fire and Rescue Service; have awarded the contract to develop this website to Bromsgrove-based GIS specialists – Dotted Eyes.
Dotted Eyes has a strong reputation for developing partnership led community safety web applications, most notably the MyNeighbourhood website for West Midlands Police and COSMOS for Birmingham Community Safety Partnership.
Charlie Gilbert, Associate Director of Dotted Eyes, comments, “We are delighted to be working with Buckinghamshire County Council and its partners on this project. Our ResponseMX web mapping technology will enable users of both the public website and the secure extranet to be engaged with and informed through a collaborative approach.”
Margaret Dewar, Cabinet Member for Community Service at Buckinghamshire County Council has supported this project and the benefits it will bring to our communities: “The Community Safety Partnership has been working towards this project for many months and I am delighted that we can start developing this website. It will become a critical tool for making the neighbourhoods of Buckinghamshire an even safer place to live, work and visit.”
Paul Tinnion as Chair of the Partnership Board and BCU Commander explains how the project will benefit partners: ”The Information Hub is an exciting development and will provide all the partners with up to date information concerning safety. The success that the partnership has achieved in reducing crime can only be enhanced by development of this new venture.”
The website will be launched in Autumn 2008 – watch this space!