CAD Frequently Asked Questions
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What does CAD stand for? CAD stands for Computer Aided Dispatch. CAD is a highly specialized application that allows for the coordinated communication, assignment and tracking of Police Department resources in response to calls-for-service.
What is the Public CADmine Application? Public CADmine is a web-based, CAD reporting application that takes advantage of Craig Police CAD data and a customized mapping interface that allows for user-guided reporting. CAD reports can be viewed based on area or date spans determined by the user.
What type of data from CAD is used in Public CADmine? Select calls-for-service data is utilized for Public CADmine, including: Date, Time, Location and Call Type. It is important to note that there may be multiple calls for a single incident in the CAD system. Also, keep in mind that CAD calls-for-service do not always equate to a criminal incident resulting in a report or arrest.
Why can't I find my address? This may be due in part to the geofile that is used to plot locations on the map based on user input. If addresses are entered incorrectly, or if the geofile doesn't contain the correct reference data, select addresses may not be depicted on the map. If this occurs, please refer to the address correction dialogue box in the Public CADmine application before re-keying the address and/or inputting a nearby intersection.
What types of reports are available in Public CADmine? Users can view agency-wide call type reports (last week or last 12 months) or area-specific (BBB) call type reports and call profiles (last week or last 12 months).
How can I use the data from Public CADmine in support of community safety goals? Data from Public CADmine should be reviewed and used to improve community safety. Public CADmine data is appropriate to consider and discuss as part of coordinated crime prevention initiatives. You are encouraged to continue partnering and problem-solving with our police officers while using Public CADmine data toward shared police-community goals.
Can I review CAD data for more than one BBB? CAD data can be reviewed for as many BBBs and/or date spans as you like, as often as you like. Options include reviewing the data week by week, area by area (BBB) using address or nearby intersection, or citywide.
Should I compare data across different BBB's? The Craig Police Department does not encourage the comparison of calls-for-service data from one BBB to another BBB given the complex mix of potential factors that influence calls-for-service (e.g., high density residential, commercial and/or industrial units, major roadways, etc.).
Is every CAD call type included in the Public CADmine application? Not every CAD call type is included in the Public CADmine application. Community-based calls-for-service call types are included within Public CADmine. Note: Reports submitted online (TRAC), faxed or mailed are not included in Public CADmine.
Why was CAD chosen as the data source for the community access application? While most agencies furnish data to the public for only those select incidents in which a report was created or an arrest was made, Public CADmine offers a broader view of police-community contacts from calls-for-service, including less serious quality of life call types. It is important to note that there may be multiple calls for a single incident in the CAD system (as compared to official crime statistics whereby each count represents one incident; pls see crime stats section below). Also, please keep in mind that CAD calls-for-service do not always equate to a criminal incident resulting in a report or arrest.
How often is data updated in the CADmine Public Access application? Public CADmine data is updated once weekly.
How do I get back to craigpolice.org from the Public CADmine site? To navigate back to craigpolice.org from Public CADmine, simply click on the web browser's "back" button until the desired location has been reached.
Are there any issues I should keep in mind when checking Public CADmine data? Public CADmine reports detail Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) calls for service data. CAD call-type data is NOT the same as reported crime data. There may be more than one call for service for any given incident within these reports (e.g., several observers may call 911 after witnessing a motor vehicle accident, disturbance or serious criminal incident). Some call types (e.g., murder, kidnapping, robbery) may include "courtesy call" information from other law enforcement agencies (e.g., a call detailing information pertaining to a homicide suspect from another jurisdiction may be received locally and added to the "murder" call type). Finally, CAD calls-for-service do not always equate to a criminal incident resulting in a report or arrest, with many calls relating to non-criminal or quality of life issues.
Does Public CADmine have a DISCLAIMER? Yes. Disclaimer: The information displayed on this website is susceptible to some degree of error due to the collection, entry, and geoprocessing of the data. No warranty or guarantee is made nor implied regarding the content, geographic accuracy, timeliness, completeness, sequence, or accuracy of any of the information provided herein. The reader should not rely on the data provided herein for any reason. The information is provided strictly as a courtesy to the public.