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A screenshot from Detroit's Crime Viewer, showing all of the crimes that have been reported throughout the city.

The city of Detroit has launched a new interactive tool to bring transparency and awareness to crime trends. The Crime Viewer, which is in its beta-testing phase, is a new visualization program and the result of combined efforts of the Department of Innovation and Technology and the Detroit Police Department.

The Crime Viewer uses data compiled from Dec. 2016 to present. Crimes are color-coded and a legend includes the number of reported incidents per crime category with a reference guide to describe each crime.

The database is updated as crimes are officially reported.

"By putting information in the hands of residents, we hope to work together to promote a safer community,” the website says of the program. 

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