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Sheriff's office's new online dashboard visualizes police call activity by time, location and category

PMG SCREENSHOT: CLACKAMAS COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Hexagonal-shaped sectors each representing one city block are color-coded by police call quantity in this interactive map of Wilsonville.The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office has released a new online database that offers residents an interactive breakdown of monthly crime report data within patrol jurisdictions.

The virtual dashboards currently log and organize police call activity in unincorporated Clackamas County and the Enhanced Law Enforcement District, as well as Estacada, Happy Valley and Wilsonville.

For each jurisdiction, the tool displays statistics about calls initiated by either the public or deputies regarding matters of varying priority levels. Call data is then broken down categorically by the type of the crime or disorder being reported and whether the call was made to provide alert, assistance or to follow-up on a reported incident. Data is also organized by date and time.

By clicking on any category, users can filter the data displayed to view only a desired group of statistics.

An interactive crime map is also available for each jurisdiction. Data is organized by land area in unincorporated zones, whereas for cities and the Enhanced Law Enforcement District, data is organized into hexagonal-shaped sectors representing the size equivalent of one city block.

Each hexagonal section is color-coded by call quantity and, when clicked on, display the number of calls in the area as well as the type of call.

As of June 9, 2022, Wilsonville's dashboard shows that in the past year to date, 5,393 total police calls were initiated, including 1,049 crime-related calls, 1,481 regarding a public disorder such as suspicious activity and 1,180 related to traffic incidents.

The site currently contains data from 2019 to 2022 and will be updated by the sheriff's office at the beginning of each month according to Ashley Calhoun, tactical crime analyst for the sheriff's office and lead creator of the database.

"This gives you the what, the where and the when, of call data," Calhoun said, explaining that it doesn't provide further context or specifics on the persons or actions detailed in each crime report, but that information can be accessed through a public records request.

Calhoun said the dashboards will be updated in the coming weeks with additional crime reports. The office also plans to add response times for calls as well as traffic statistics, she said.

Users can download the site's data onto their own device to populate a spreadsheet or visual data display of their own, Calhoun added.

During a City Council meeting on Monday, Councilor Ben West lauded the database as a tool that "brings transparency and gives people immediate access to really valuable data."

To access the sheriff's office's new dashboards, click here.

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