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Tyrone Police department in the zone

The Tyrone Borough Police department is now using a feature of its complaint logging system to break down calls it receives into zones.
Police Chief Joseph Beachem explained, “We are always trying to make the department more efficient. With the new reporting system we have a feature in the software to actually track crimes by zone.”
Beachem told The Daily Herald, “When I started to play around with that feature, I thought it would be a good idea to track crime by zones for manpower issues.”
He said the idea was to give the department an indication of where it needed extra patrols and “to see where our problems are.”
The tracking system breaks the department’s coverage area into three zones in the borough along with tracking of response to calls in Snyder Township, Antis Township, Bellwood and “other jurisdictions.”
Tyrone Borough zone No. 1 encompasses the downtown area. The recent review of the department’s complaint log during a three week period in October showed about half of the calls came from that zone. Beachem said he didn’t find that surprising.
He said under the old system it was clear that area had the most crime. However, he said it was cumbersome to compile the data. The new system allows the information to be placed in a graph form and can even break the statistics down to types of crime.
For Tyrone Borough, zone No. 2 includes the southern portion of town while zone No. 3 comprises the northern portion.
“We just wanted to be a little more efficient even regarding patrol procedure,” said Beachem. “What needs more attention, where should (officers) be.”
He said the Altoona Police patrol by zones and he believed Logan did also. Beachem said he wasn’t sure what other area departments were doing in terms of tracking of calls. He explained a lot of departments nationwide track calls by zone for scheduling and manpower reasons.
He said he planned to continue to track the data by zone. He said he wanted to compile a year’s worth of data including zones and type of crimes before making any judgments on “where the problems are going to continue to be.”