At the moment, we report on a subset of incidents that are reported to 911.
Inclusions: We include major incidents that are in progress, or ones that we assess could affect public safety. This determination is made on a case-by-case basis by our trained dispatch team. For example, we report on:
- Alleged crimes in progress, including assaults and fights; incidents involving firearms or other weapons; and thefts, burglaries, and robberies
- Fire, smoke, and situations involving hazardous materials
- Heightened police activity, such as pursuits of suspects, officers requesting backup, crime-related canvasses, and special investigations of bomb threats or suspicious unattended packages
Exclusions: We leave out many minor incidents, or incidents that we assess are unlikely to impact public safety. We generally do not include:
- When someone calls the fire department to report an “odor of gas”
- Most medical-related incidents
- Most non-violent situations where police and medics are dealing with individuals described by police as “emotionally disturbed persons” or mentally ill
- Verbal disputes that do not involve weapons or lead to physical altercations
- Incidents that aren’t tied to a specific location on the map, such as missing persons
- Disputes inside private residences
Past Incidents: Many incidents are reported to police after they are already over. We generally don’t include incidents where police are simply responding to take a report, since past incidents no longer impact public safety.
We are always trying to improve our ability to report on what matters most to our users. If you know of a major incident or crime in your neighborhood that was reported to 911 but did not show up in the app, please send details to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we'll look into it.