TPD provides local crime stats through TOPS

Posted at 4:00 PM, Nov 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-29 13:07:59-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - For more than a decade, Tallahassee Police have shared valuable information with the public about crime and other types of law enforcement responses through an online app called TOPS.

Since August 2007, TPD has provided Tallahassee online police statistics, or TOPS, as a resource for residents.

"We've upgraded it. We've tweaked it," said Officer Rachelle Denmark with the Tallahassee Police Department. "We've made it better as the years have gone along. We've made it more specific to what the community is looking for."

Active incidents are mapped out in the Capital City with different icons for the types of responses, from harassment and stalking to a traffic crash or transportation incident. TOPS is also used to document data over time.

"You can collect a 24-hour idea of what's happened -- historical data, and you can also look at the year in review," said Denmark.

Earlier this month, Tallahassee Police and the Leon County Sheriff's Office signed an agreement, allowing both agencies to access what's called computer aided dispatch data. TPD says it's all in an effort to improve information sharing with its partners and the community.

"It's a very quick way to get a snapshot of the crime statistics in the community," said Denmark.

TOPS now includes calls from the Leon County Sheriff's Office, giving deputies a clearer picture of where help is needed most.

"It helps the agencies understand what's going on with each other's agencies, with each other's cases -- what cases they're working, what cases we're working, where our guys' hotspots are -- so we can better allocate our resources," said Lt. Grady Jordan with the Leon County Sheriff's Office.

Incident data from the Leon County Sheriff's Office is available through TOPS, starting from this month.