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MARK SHENEFELT, Standard Examiner

Ogden Police Chief Eric Young, flanked by Mayor Mike Caldwell, speaks to reporters Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021, in an Ogden Police Department briefing room. Young identified a man shot dead by police the day before.

OGDEN — Ogden Police Chief Eric Young said Thursday that a new state service will help residents better understand community crime trends.

The free online service, which allows users to view police department crime data for the past five years, was announced this week by the Utah Department of Public Safety and its Bureau of Identification criminal.

Users can review and sort data by police department or jurisdiction and compare information with data from state or other departments. Searchable datasets include: crimes against people, society, property; offenses reported by arrest; analysis of domestic violence; hate crimes; incidents resolved by arrest or other means; and officers killed and assaulted.

The databases are filled with information submitted by state police departments. The data can be viewed on the BCI website, bci.utah.gov.

Young said the Ogden Police Department has previously provided services to help people track crime in their neighborhoods. Along with the BCI dashboards, “This is a great additional resource and also enhances our transparency as an agency,” Young said via email.

Image provided, Utah Criminal Identification Bureau

This screenshot from the Utah Bureau of Criminal Identification website shows general crime trends in Ogden.

According to the BCI Dashboard, overall crime in Ogden fell last year, with 8,603 incidents compared to 8,729 in 2020. Violent crime, however, increased from 499 in 2020 to 557 in 2021.

“These numbers are significantly better than what most cities across the country and Utah are seeing, representing an overall increase in crime and violent crime,” Young said. He said overall crime in Ogden had dropped 34% over the past five years.

BCI’s new online dashboards make Utah crime data available to the public faster than ever before. Monthly data submitted by police departments to BCI previously has been compiled and published in an annual Utah Crime Report in pdf format. This historical data in pdf format will continue to be available on the BCI website.

“We are constantly looking for ways to be more transparent,” Jess Anderson, commissioner of the Utah Department of Public Safety, said in a prepared statement. “Transparency builds trust. This kind of easy access to near real-time data will help anyone better understand crime trends in their community. »

This screenshot from the Utah Bureau of Criminal Identification website shows violent crime trends in Ogden.

This is an example of data available on the Community Crime Map for Ogden.

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