New Mapping Challenge - Texas Law Enforcement
Since our volunteers are AWESOME and did great work on Georgia Post Offices, we have another map challenge for you with some similar (I have to say it!) challenges! This time we’re focusing on Texas Law Enforcement locations.
While reviewing Texas courthouses, we noticed many law enforcement points that are unedited, as well as a large number of points that need Peer Reviewed. Many of the edited law enforcement points in Texas were edited through our previous application (prior to 8/2016); so make sure to do a thorough peer review check of those points (as you always would, of course!☺).
To go with this challenge, we’ve created an Interactive Challenge Map page where users can quickly see which law enforcement points still need checked or peer-reviewed:
Here are a few things to keep in mind while reviewing Texas Law Enforcement locations:
What types of organizations fall under Law Enforcement?
- For law enforcement duties, Texas uses highway patrol officers, police departments, sheriffs’ offices, and peace constables. When editing law enforcement points in Texas, be sure to locate an authoritative source that lists the structure as one of these organizations. See ourStructures List for more on what law enforcement structures do and do not include.
Beware of bailiffs and jails.
- You’ll notice several law enforcement points that are close to (or located at) county courthouses. When reviewing these points, make sure to determine whether officers at these locations dispatch into the greater community or if their primary role is to assist the courts. If that location’s only duty is to assist the courts, then it is considered a bailiff. Since we are not collecting bailiffs at this time, please use the Comments field to document your findings and delete these points.
- You may also come across law enforcement points that are placed on a county jail. For these points, use an authoritative source to determine whether officers at these locations dispatch into the community or if their primary role is jail security. Similar to the courts, we are not collecting law enforcement locations whose primary role is jail security. If the location’s only duty is jail security, please use the Comments field to document your findings and delete these points. However, if the location dispatches into the greater community (e.g., county sheriff’s offices that are co-located at a jail), then you can update the point.
As always, thank you for all that you do and Happy Mapping!