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Raidsonline (the company says the name refers to Regional Analysis and Information Sharing) is one of several crime-mapping sites with national aspirations. Similar projects from Crimereports.com, Spotcrime.com and Crimemapping.com have their own police clients. Crimemapping.com, for example, has many northern Minnesota communities on its maps, including Duluth, Ely and Babbitt.
Free to any police agency that wants it, raidsonline has 25 police departments and sheriff’s offices in Minnesota using its software so far.
Bair makes money selling more sophisticated analytical software, but police are under no obligation to buy once they sign up, Smith said.
President and CEO Sean Bair founded the company in 1997. Smith said the company picked up 500 new agencies last year and expects to have 4,000 by the end of this year.
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