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Crime Mapping Symbology


The symbols are tailored to the requirements of police departments. The information infrastructure of police forces typically includes two core systems, Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) and a Records Management System (RMS). This symbol set was developed to work on both systems, while being compliant with the Uniform Crime Mapping structure that provides consistency to crime reporting statistics throughout various organizations.

Although the dataset is specifically designed to meet needs of a police department many of the symbols would be of use for any first responder organization (police, ambulance or fire). The work has been heavily influenced by the Emergency Mapping Symbology - Canadian Standard. The base design of the Crime Mapping Symbology (CMS) icons adhere to the design principles that were used to create the Emergency Mapping Symbology (EMS), but with specific modifications designed to meet the operational needs of CAD and RMS. Like the EMS symbols this body, of work is easily understood by trained and untrained personal alike.

This work was funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance , a part of the US Department of Justice, under grant reference number BJA 2007-DD-BX-0603. The grant was applied for and granted to the Tacoma Police Department and Lakewood Police Department, and the custodian of the final product is the Law Enforcement Support Agency (LESA).

For further information and to download the symbol package (see link below)


Darrin Charmley
Refractions Research Inc.

Edited by DarrinC, 07 March 2011 - 01:26 PM.



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I've been playing using these, along with the EMS set since I've been doing Emergency Responce/Management GIS.

They are very web 2.0 and always seem to stand out nicely when placed on presentations or large projector displays. Like seen when part of the Logistics in emergency/disaster response teams.

Nice symbol sets.

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