The Federal Bureau of Investigation has launched a Google map of unidentified bank robbery suspects . The newly launched project makes geotagged security camera photos of bank robbery suspects publicly available; the FBI is also collecting tips on suspects' identities through the web page. According to a FBI statement, the page is also intended to protect local residents from gun violence . The map is searchable by geographic location, weapon used, and the unidentified robber's nickname.
While the map is a modest GIS effort, it's also the latest in a continuing series of steps by the FBI to jump on board the data revolution. Last year, the FBI announced big changes in their data mining efforts , and Google Maps are also frequently used for predictive analytics  by law enforcement.
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