Salinas Animal Services (SAS) is a division of the City of Salinas Police Department. SAS takes in approximately 3,200 animals annually, and is responsible for providing animal control, animal sheltering and animal licensing services for the City of Salinas. SAS strives in creating a community of responsible pet owners who provide permanent caring homes for every sheltered animal. During animal rescue missions, SAS office staff and SAS Animal Rescue Police Officers frequently communicate animal rescue locations in the field by using an outdated, difficult-to-read, hard-copy Police Beats Map.
To create an updated Police Beats Map for SAS office staff and SAS Animal Rescue Police Officers for quick and accurate communication and coordination of their animal rescue location within the City of Salinas Police Beats. The ideal goal is to implement beneficial tools of the ESRI GIS Location Intelligence platform for use in SAS business process workflows.
To successfully fulfill the GIS Service Pledge and “Create an Updated Police Beats Map for Salinas Animal Services (SAS)”, It was vital to enroll within the SAS Animal Services Volunteer Program. The benefit of volunteering was threefold: 1) become acquainted with all SAS staff. 2) become acquainted with all SAS sheltered animals. 3) become familiar with SAS Organizational Structure of Field Services, Shelter Services, Clerical Services and SAS business process workflows. Understanding SAS organizational structure and business process workflows allows for a confident recommendation on efficient and effective uses of GIS within SAS.
Priority one was to fulfill the GIS Service Pledge and “Create an Updated Police Beats Map for Salinas Animal Services (SAS).” Priority one was accomplished successfully, and the outdated, difficult-to-read, hard-copy Police Beats Map has been replaced with an upgraded Police Beats Map. Priority two was to implement beneficial tools of the ESRI GIS Location Intelligence platform for use in SAS business process workflows. Priority two was not accomplished. Due to an animal ring-worm infestation which gripped SAS, volunteers were asked to suspend their volunteering efforts until further notice.