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TNMCorps mapping challenges continue in the Midwest with a new challenge for law enforcement features in Kansas and Oklahoma! This is an excellent challenge for Standard Editors and Peer Reviewers with many red and green points that need to be confirmed.
As you can see from the map, this challenge has a decent amount of seed data.
These colors are part of our tiered editing process and signal to other editors that a point has passed through the upper tiers and does not need to be edited again. Our November 2018 newsletter has an article titled Editor Roles and Point Colors that describes this process further.
As you’re searching for points participating in this challenge, don’t forget to check for points with no edit history. If you come across a law enforcement point that’s been edited (i.e., green, blue, purple, or yellow border) but has no edit history, please research the point and help us update it! See the newsletter article titled Yellow Points with No Edit History?? (July 2021) for more on this scenario.
A law enforcement structure is an entity staffed by sworn officers who are dispatched into the community to provide law enforcement services. Examples of law enforcement features include county sheriffs, state troopers, and city police officers, among others.
Note that this does not include law enforcement entities whose services are confined to a specific facility (e.g., mall police, school police, jail security, or courtroom security, a.k.a., bailiffs). If you encounter a point representing any of these features that we are not collecting, please document your findings in the ‘Comment’ field and delete the point.
See the Structures List or the Definitions page for more on what’s considered a law enforcement structure.
Jail vs. Law Enforcement?
During this challenge, you may come across county jails with a law enforcement symbol. We’re not actively collecting county jails, so if you find county jails coded as law enforcement, you can either skip or delete them. Any county jails that remain will be automatically filtered out of all National Map products.
Check out this Q&A for more on how to handle county jails.
Proper Point Placement
If you have any questions during the mapping process, reach out to us at email@example.com and someone will be happy to assist! Thank you for all that you do, and happy mapping!