GeoComm Provides Kentucky Police Department with GIS Data Review
Tuesday, January 12, 2021 | Comments

In 2020, GeoComm worked with the Radcliff (Kentucky) Police Department to review the current state of the geographic information system (GIS) data being used at its emergency communication center (ECC).

The project used GeoComm’s assess, improve and maintain approach for achieving public-safety-grade GIS data, ensuring its accuracy for routing emergency response through the police department’s CAD system. 

The first step of the project was to complete a GIS data assessment using GeoComm’s GIS Data Hub to determine the level of synchronization between the GIS and master street address guide (MSAG) as well as compatibility with the department’s CAD system. The process uncovered GIS data errors and mismatches that would impact the functionality of CAD for accurate emergency call location and dispatching.

After the GIS data assessment was complete, GeoComm reviewed the current state of the GIS data with Radcliff Police Department officials and stakeholders and began improving the GIS data to resolve data errors and ensure the GIS data is as accurate and up-to-date as possible. This included updating the road centerline, address point layers and boundary layers based on inconsistencies noted during the GIS data assessment.

Before the final improved GIS dataset was provided back to the Radcliff Police Department, the GeoComm team used GeoComm’s GIS Data Hub to complete numerous public-safety industry-specific quality control audits to ensure that the final map data meets public-safety-grade GIS data accuracy requirements.

While the primary focus of the project was based on improving the GIS for proper CAD system functionality, there was a dual benefit in that it provided the Radcliff Police Department with a solid foundation for its next-generation 9-1-1 (NG 9-1-1) preparations.

A portion of the funding for this project was provided through a grant from the Kentucky 9-1-1 Services Board. The Radcliff Police Department services approximately 22,500 citizens in the Elizabethtown-Fort Knox Metropolitan Area in Hardin County.

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