Police Beats & Sergeant Sectors Map
Posted 20 September 2010 - 11:07 AM
Posted 20 September 2010 - 11:54 AM
I have created a city map showing police beats and sergeant sectors. Here it is: http://gis.deerparkt...D_Sep152010.pdf. This map will eventually be plotted on photo gloss paper, and framed with plexi-glass. I would like anybody interested to please critique the map. The map was created using ArcGIS 10. Thank you!
Hey SBlumberg. Nice job. Here's what I noticed right away. Some of this is probably just style preference so take it with a grain of salt. Also, I just noticed that the PDF map dimensions are 40" x 59", is that right? That's a big map if so. You should double check that your work space reflects your intended print size so you can work with specs that match the print rather than rely on page scaling to do it for you.
Fill colors (zoning?) un identified.
Boundary lines could be thinner, add the city limit to the legend.
Thin the block numbers - you could use every other address label especially where the number is repeated down a sequence of roads. offset the sequence so that adjacent address series don’t omit the same numbers. For instance between Hillshire and Estate, Hillshire could label 1800, 2000, 2200, 2400 etc. Estate could show 1900, 2100, 2300, 2500 etc.
Is the map set to true north? looks a bit over rotated from looking online.
Normally with knock/out or cased streets you’d place the street name label in the street and the address label under it.
I’d remove most if not all of the text halo’s. I don’t see that they are doing much for you here and are a bit distracting.
I’d take the curve and letter spacing out of the “Extraterritorial Jurisdiction” label. You usually only want to use that style when labeling natural geographic features that fill a large area of the map like a dessert, or mountain range.
Your legend is labeled “Police Beats & Sergeant Sectors” but it only contains information about Schools, Parks & Public Amenities. I’d move your legend title out and make it a map title and label the legend something more specific (or not at all).
Some of the roads beyond the city boundary are still cased roads while most are center line only. You might want to see if you can make this transition look a little more uniform while still emphasizing the focus on what's inside the cit y limits. Using all cased roads but toning the outer roads down with a light gray fill could work.
Most of what’s in the legend could simply be labeled directly on the map, especially if you used a smaller font with no halo. If you want to keep the label symbols you might consider using a matrix and map grid rather than a legend so anyone looking for a particular facility could look it up in the matrix and then find it by grid code in the map. As it is now all the legend does is separate the feature name from the feature without pointing back to its location, adding an extra step in reading the map.
Posted 20 September 2010 - 03:19 PM
Posted 06 December 2010 - 07:57 PM
Posted 07 January 2011 - 04:15 PM
Nice map! Out of curiosity, where did you get the police beat data? And was it in polygon or point form?
Sorry for the super later reply. Thanks for the compliment. The crime analyst and the patrol sergeant drew the beats on a paper map then I digitized them using ArcInfo as a polygon feature class.
Posted 08 January 2011 - 04:41 AM
I would actually label the amenities on the map. There appears to be room, if I zoom to 100% for 5 or 6 pt labels. Then simplify legend.
I would rotate the map clockwise a bit so the street grid is clean, not tilted. Adjust the north arrow accordingly. Makes the map more readable imho.
Can you zoom the map in to the beats and in an inset, show the extraterritorial area in an inset. Remove effect of river - show as faded / pale blue background feature since it is not germane to the map but is a geographical reference only.
Posted 08 January 2011 - 10:54 AM
The sergeant sector boundaries and numbers could be done in black rather than grey. This should bring these features to the foreground, and give the other, busy layers more room to breathe. Then you might be able to make the boundary lines narrower and the numbers smaller, and make the boundary un-dashed. (I find the dashed line noisy, and the white sections between the grey dashes look too much like a boundary following a road.)
BTW, where are the police beats?
This looks like a map that will be used a lot, and glare can be a real pain. Rather than glossy photo paper, I'd suggest going with the flattest finish you can. And non-glare glass or plastic too.
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