How Cities Can Solve Police Challenges with Open Data

In the past year we have witnessed a complete shift with many police departments today embracing data transparency as the foundation to enhancing – or, in some cases, restoring – trust.

Increasingly, police departments are promoting transparency through open data in order to establish stronger relationships with citizens and rebuild trust with the communities they serve. (photo: Creatas/Getty Images)

This is a guest post by Kara Turner.

From the White House to police departments to individual citizens, there is recognition that data-centered police-community relations will better meet the needs of both the police and those they serve. Transparency is the foundation of trust and ultimately engagement. In the past year we have witnessed a complete shift with many police departments today embracing data transparency as the foundation to enhancing – or, in some cases, restoring – trust.

Above, a census of currently available open datasets about police interactions with citizens in the U.S. (data.gov/PoliceOpenDataCensus)

Above, a census of currently available open datasets about police interactions with citizens in the U.S. (data.gov/PoliceOpenDataCensus)

Join Bill Schrier, Chief Information Officer of the Seattle Police Department and Cam Caldwell of Socrata for an engaging discussion on The Open Policing Movement on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 10 a.m. PST / 1 p.m. EST. Together, they’ll discuss tactics for using open data to take on law enforcement challenges.

Schrier brings a unique perspective from the field. Only a few years ago, when the Seattle Police Department faced a federal investigation, the department took the opportunity to embrace reforms in oversight, training, and reporting. Today, his department has established a much stronger relationship with citizens and has even found ways to reduce operating costs.

Webinar participants will learn exactly what to consider before incorporating and deploying new technologies to improve public safety. Specifically, the webinar will showcase:

  • How crime data transparency delivers results
  • Examples of public safety data transparency in cities
  • How the latest available tools can reduce costs and increase efficiency

City leadership, data analysts, and law enforcement professionals are encouraged to attend this important discussion on open data and law enforcement. Sign up now for the webinar.

About the Author: Kara Turner serves as Content Marketing Manager for Socrata. In recent years, she led Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley’s communications team and served on the Board of Directors for AIGA Baltimore. She enjoys narrating her dog’s life and participating in DC’s theatre scene.