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Modernizing Policing with Geospatial Technology

23 April 2024 | 10:00am MT

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In today's rapidly evolving landscape, the intersection of Incident Analysis and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) presents a powerful toolkit for understanding, managing, and mitigating various challenges.  Attend this session to engage in meaningful discussions on geospatial (GIS) technology for Public Safety.






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This webinar's objective is to provide insight, share best practices, and engage in meaningful discussions on geospatial (GIS) technology for Public Safety.


In essence, most public safety agencies underutilize GIS technology. This is due to the proclivity for agencies to utilize only those tools provided by their core CAD/RMS vendors. However, this is very limiting. GIS toolsets have become much more robust and easier to implement. The entire GIS ecosystem should be considered for use at every agency. GIS for Public Safety should be pervasive, insightful, and easy-to-use.


Join us for an insightful webinar where industry experts, practitioners, and thought leaders converge to explore the newest uses of GIS for public safety. Our objective is for attendees to understand the GIS ecosystem for Public Safety and leave with a vision of the tools they should be implementing, and the outcomes expected from these tools.



  • State and Local Government Officials 

  • GIS Analysts and Coordinators 

  • Geographic Information Officers 

  • IT Managers and Directors 

  • Law Enforcement Technologists

  • Police/Sheriff Command Staff, Crime Analysts, Officers 

  • Policy Makers and Advisors 

  • Data Analysts 

  • and more ...

Key Takeaways include:

  • Enhanced Situational Awareness: Geospatial technology provides law enforcement agencies with real-time, location-based insights, enabling officers to better understand their operational environment and respond effectively to incidents as they unfold.

  • Data-Driven Decision Making: By integrating geospatial data with policing operations, agencies can make more informed decisions regarding resource allocation, crime prevention strategies, and community policing initiatives, leading to improved outcomes and greater public trust.

  • Crime Analysis and Mapping: Utilizing GIS tools for crime analysis and mapping allows law enforcement to identify crime hotspots, patterns, and trends, enabling proactive measures to prevent and combat criminal activity while optimizing patrol routes and deployment strategies.

  • Community Engagement and Transparency: Geospatial technology facilitates transparency and accountability by providing the public with access to crime data, incident reports, and community policing initiatives through interactive maps and online platforms, fostering greater collaboration between law enforcement and the communities they serve.

  • Predictive Policing: Leveraging advanced analytics and machine learning algorithms, geospatial technology enables predictive policing models to forecast future crime trends and allocate resources preemptively, helping to prevent crimes before they occur and enhance overall public safety.

  • Interagency Collaboration: Geospatial technology facilitates seamless collaboration and information sharing between law enforcement agencies, emergency responders, and other stakeholders, enabling coordinated responses to emergencies, natural disasters, and cross-jurisdictional criminal activities.

  • Officer Safety and Wellness: By providing officers with access to real-time location data, threat assessments, and situational awareness tools, geospatial technology enhances officer safety and wellness, allowing for more informed decision-making and better risk management in the field.

  • Scalability and Flexibility: Modern geospatial solutions offer scalable and flexible platforms that can adapt to the evolving needs of law enforcement agencies, allowing for the integration of new data sources, technologies, and analytic techniques to address emerging challenges and opportunities.

By embracing geospatial technology, law enforcement agencies can modernize their operations, optimize resource allocation, and enhance public safety outcomes while fostering greater transparency, accountability, and community trust.

GISP Points

This event may qualify for GIS Certification Institute continuing education credits.

To submit for GISP Points, visit to self-submit the event curriculum for approval



23 April 2024
10:00am - 11:30am
All times in US Denver Mountain time



Welcome Remarks

Moderator: : James Kelt, Public Safety Software Specialist, Geographic Technologies Group

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An introduction to the webinar and presenters.



Modernizing the Saint Paul, MN Police Department Geospatial Experience

Brian Balfanz, Intelligence Analyst - Strategic, Saint Paul MN Police Department

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Brian Balfanz from the Saint Paul Police Department will explore the process and benefits of spatially enabling Records Management Systems (RMS) for seamless integration within the Esri ecosystem. Recognizing the critical role of spatial data in modern law enforcement and public safety operations, Brian provides practical insights and best practices for leveraging GIS (Geographic Information Systems) technology to enhance RMS functionalities and workflows.



How to Modernize Policing with Geospatial Technology

Jonathan Welker, Senior GIS Analyst , Geographic Technologies Group

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This presentation serves as a comprehensive roadmap for law enforcement agencies seeking to harness the power of geospatial technology to enhance their operational efficiency, community engagement, and public safety outcomes. By embracing geospatial technology, law enforcement agencies can not only adapt to the evolving challenges of modern policing but also foster safer, more resilient communities. Mr. Welker equips participants with the knowledge and strategies needed to embark on a transformative journey towards modernizing policing through geospatial innovation.



Single-Platform Tracking Delivers Comprehensive Situational Awareness

John Gallagher, Director of Public Safety Business Development, CompassCom Software Corporation

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A brief introduction and overview of CompassTrac Enterprise,focusing on radio location features, replay and breadcrumbs, and alerts. The CompassTrac Enterprise on-premise system supports deployments where ownership, control and security is the requirement. Enterprise fleet tracking and management behind your firewall, within your infrastructure, and on-premises works with your ArcGIS platform, enterprise systems, and policies, while AI hardened systems are available to support the most stringent security requirements.



3D Reality Capture and Digital Scene Replicas

Seth Finkel, Digital Transformation/3D Digital Twins Technology Leader,

Finkel Seth Arcadus.jpg's Seth Finkel will speak on implementing and managing 3D scanning, rendering and analysis technologies for the public sector. The key takeaway for public safety in this space is that increasingly, first responder organizations are augmenting their crime scene workflow, documentation and investigation activities with 3D digital twins that can be created and shared more quickly, easily, and affordably than ever before.  3D digital twin use cases for police, fire service, and EMS community include reality-simulated training,  facility pre-plans/compliance, intra and inter-agency collaboration, and courtroom presentations to name a few. 



Panel Discussion / Audience Q&A / Closing Remarks

Moderator: : James Kelt, Public Safety Software Specialist, Geographic Technologies Group
Jonathan Welker, Senior GIS Analyst , Geographic Technologies Group

Brian Balfanz, Intelligence Analyst - Strategic, Saint Paul MN Police Department
John Gallagher, Director of Public Safety Business Development, CompassCom Software Corporation

Seth Finkel, Digital Transformation/3D Digital Twins Technology Leader,

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A panel discussion of GIS Public Safety Operations for State and Local Government, with live audience question-and-answers.

Conference Format

Hosted on an exciting and interactive virtual event platform, this event series features a virtual auditorium, plus audience interaction via Q&A and Polls.



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James Kelt

Public Safety Software Specialist
Geographic Technologies Group

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James Kelt is the Public Safety Manager for Geographic Technologies Group. Mr. Kelt has over twenty-three years in the GIS/GPS field focusing on project management and technical services.  Since joining GTG in 2001, Mr. Kelt has immediately contributed to the management of several GIS/GPS projects, implemented Esri and GTG’s software applications for clients throughout North America, and trained staff and clients on GIS/GPS theory and use. Mr. Kelt specializes in GIS and Next Generation 911 for public safety. He manages all public safety client accounts. Mr. Kelt has hands-on experience implementing public safety solutions for City and County departments including Police, Fire, EOC, and E 911 Centers. He installs, configures, and provides training for all public safety software solutions. He specializes in integrating GIS with existing information and technology. He also works on improving the GIS capabilities of the software in regards to analytical tools, reporting and tracking, and integrating with CAD vendors, RMS, and other data sources. Mr. Kelt has served as project manager for SafeCityGIS and Next Generation 911 projects, ensuring that the data, software, and standards meet all of the client’s public safety needs. 

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Jonathan Welker

Senior GIS Analyst , Geographic Technologies Group

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Jonathan Welker currently serves as Senior Enterprise Solutions Analyst for Geographic Technologies Group. He holds a Geography Master of Arts degree with a concentration in GIS. While attending school, he provided GIS mapping and analysis services for NASA’s Carbon Monitoring System (CMS) and was coauthor on a resulting 2014 publication. As part of the GTG team, he has provided technical expertise and played a critical role in the development of numerous GIS Strategic Implementation Plans, the deployment of GIS solutions across the Esri suite, and the presentation of findings, solutions, and strategies at multiple levels.

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Brian Balfanz

Intelligence Analyst - Strategic, Saint Paul MN Police Department

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Brian Balfanz has nearly 25 years with the City of Saint Paul working on projects, grants, technology and crime analysis.  His work with Parks, Trails, GIS/GPS, Public Works, Technology, and Public Safety give him a unique perspective to the many needs, roles, stakeholders, and opportunities in a City of 300,000+ people. 

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John Gallagher

Director of Public Safety Business Development
CompassCom Software Corporation

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John Gallagher joined CompassCom Software Corporation after a 32 year career at Motorola Solutions Inc. During his career he served as an Account Executive, Rocky Mountain Regional Sales Director and Vice President of North American Sales for the Motorola Information Systems Group. John also served as Director of Business Operations for Motorola PremierOne CAD group and completed his career as the National Account Manager for the U.S. Department of the Interior as a member of the Motorola U.S. Federal Government Markets Division.

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Seth Finkel

Digital Transformation/3D Digital Twins Technology Leader

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Seth Finkel is a technology professional with over 25 years’ experience serving public sector missions and organizations. His expertise spans a range of technology solution areas including professional services/consulting, GIS software, networking, and various public safety IaaS/PaaS/SaaS-based solutions and services. Over the past decade, Seth has concentrated his efforts on implementing and managing 3D scanning, rendering and analysis technologies for the public sector (Federal, state and local) and regulated industries (utilities, oil & gas, A&D, etc.)  Seth is one of the leading experts in the area of 3D digital twins that enable police and other first responders to better capture, visualize, and understand a physical environment, through experiencing and analyzing a virtual one.



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Geographic Technologies Group (GTG) is committed to advancing the science of location intelligence and geospatial technology.  We want to inspire, push the envelope, break through boundaries, solve problems, and introduce a new kind of decision support. We go beyond location intelligence to plan, design, build, implement, transform, and maintain. We use spatial information to empower understanding, influence the decision-making process, offer new insights, reveal new data relationships, predict events, engage and educate the community, and solve problems of the future. The ultimate outcome is a smarter, more resilient, and sustainable government. We create location intelligent organizations!

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Since 1994 CompassCom has delivered accurate data you can trust to empower results, leveraging the power of Esri ArcGIS. More than vehicles on a map, CompassCom delivers real-time data to enhance command and control, based on an Esri ArcGIS common operational picture.  Providing our solution internationally to governments, public safety, defense, public works, DOTs, utilities, energy, and organizations that want an off the shelf solution that has the flexibility to be tailored to support their mission. Data is archived in industry standard databases for after action replay and analytics. Our users experience measurable ROI for improved safety, efficiency, accountability, and sustainability to enable continuous improvement to support operational excellence.

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Carahsoft Technology Corp. is The Trusted Government IT Solutions Provider®, supporting Public Sector organizations across Federal, State and Local Government agencies and Education and Healthcare markets. As the Master Government Aggregator® for our vendor partners, we deliver solutions for Geospatial Intelligence, Open Source, Cybersecurity, MultiCloud, DevSecOps, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, and more. Working with resellers, systems integrators and consultants, our sales and marketing teams provide industry leading IT products, services and training through hundreds of contracts. Founded in 2004, Carahsoft is headquartered in Reston, Virginia and employs more than 1,900 professionals dedicated to serving the Public Sector.

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Arcadus is a leading provider of digital transformation products and services to the public sector. As our company name suggests, we provide a low-risk and high-value path to help our customers improve and deliver on their mission. Our customers include federal agencies, state and local governments, regulated industries, NGOs, and other organizations requiring a secure and compliant 3D solution platform. Arcadus’ time-tested and demonstratable approach leverages digital twins and other advanced technology to help organizations evolve from the current state to an advanced version of themselves. We achieve desired outcomes for our customers using affordable, high-value, and low-risk solutions that apply technology in innovative – yet tangible ways. Digital twins and the associated value for visualization, interaction, data analytics, and automation can enable various use cases and opportunities for improvement for public sector organizations large and small. We specialize in making digital transformation accessible, from initial/starter solutions through complex integrated environments – our knowledge and performance record make us true thought and delivery leaders in our space.

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