Monday, November 18, 2019
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Beaver Launches Community Dashboards With 911 Call Logs For Every Town In The County

Beaver Countians now have the unique ability to track their town news on a micro level on

Starting today, subscribers have access to a first-of-its-kind hyper-local news dashboard giving unmatched visibility into what’s happening in their individual communities.

A total of 53 Community Dashboards — one for each municipality in the county — are a major step forward in the site’s goal of providing “situational awareness” for residents of every town within its coverage area.

( Take a look at the City of Aliquippa Community Dashboard )

As part of the launch, is making available 911 call logs for the very first time.

The records will be updated daily, showing the previous day’s emergency calls for medics, fire rescue, and police. The public records, which are obtained by under provisions of the Pennsylvania Right to Know Law, include the nature of each call, a dispatch location, and response times. Though full addresses are provided by the county as allowed by law, this site is choosing to not publish them publicly. developed a series of custom applications running on its servers that automatically catalog and parse the information for publication each day.

Along with the 911 records, the Community Dashboards present information about each town collated from social media by’s systems.

The site is currently monitoring hundreds of public social media profiles on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram that provide news about communities in the county. The information presented to readers comes largely from pages operated by official sources, such as borough and township governments, police and fire departments, and school districts.

The Community Dashboards also include calendars of future public meetings, as well as prior meetings that has recorded and made available for its readers.

The site is in the process of making archives of its reporting from each town available on the dashboard pages as well.

The expansions in coverage were made possible by’s paid subscribers, who provide the financial resources necessary to pay a team of award-winning reporters and to fund development of innovative new media features like the Community Dashboards.

Coinciding with the launch, has made available local advertising opportunities for businesses.

This marks the first time the site has opened its doors to local companies in this manner, allowing businesses to gain the attention of consumers targeted by municipality.

The site hopes to invest the additional revenues to further grow its efforts in hyper-local reporting and investigative journalism in Beaver County.

The Community Dashboards are prominently linked to on the front page of

See Also: Is Working To Innovate How Local News Is Gathered And Reported

John Paul
John Paul
John Paul is the founder of the Beaver Countian. He reports full-time for the site, specializing in investigative journalism with an emphasis on public corruption.

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The importance of this ambitious effort cannot be overstated. Once the full potential of the information provided is realized, it will be a game changer in the public’s understanding of what is really, in real time, happening in communities. I am not aware of this kind of insight being provided anywhere else, nationwide. With the public’s gradual learning curve of how to work the system, no longer will we have to “take their word for it.” Want to catch a few Z’s on the job? Go ahead, but we will know where and when you did it.


Wouldn’t making 911 call logs available to the public be a violation of privacy for people needing medical care? Some sort of HIPPA violation? I don’t know. I’m asking not accusing. Why don’t we spend the money investigating why our 911 system is failing in terms of needing updating. 911 dispatch couldn’t find my home in their system, because it was built in 2011. My house is on google maps so why can’t 911 dispatch find it? There was a delay getting medical care because of it. Is this happening to others in the county? Or was my house a glitch?

Andy Hines
Andy Hines

The HIPPA act only applies to dispatch centers that are owner or operated by an agency that is required under the act to safeguard Protected Health Information (PHI). Examples would be a dispatch center owned and operated by an EMS agency, transport ambulance service, or health care organization.

So while Beaver County 9-1-1 does not fall within the scope of HIPPA as it relates to this type of information, the dispatchers working for Medic Rescue who coordinate non-emergency transports likely would be subject to the privacy requirements of the act.

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