Reimagining CrimeReports to Build Trust
Today we are excited to announce an important milestone for Socrata, and a powerful step forward in transparency and accessibility for more than 1,100 law enforcement agencies and the tens of millions of citizens they serve across the country. Socrata is partnering with Motorola Solutions to rebuild and reimagine CrimeReports, one of the largest repositories of incident information in the United States.
Our nation is in the midst of a historic discussion about crime, public safety, and law enforcement community relations. Many different factors have led to this conversation and one of the most profound reasons is the lack of clear and consistent data and insight into the what, where, when, and who of law enforcement.
A November 2014 Gallup poll concluded that despite a dramatic long-term downward trend in crime rates, the majority of Americans believe that crime is going up in the country. Indeed, Gallup, which has conducted the same poll for more than 20 years, found that between 60 and 80 percent of Americans maintain this belief every year — regardless of the facts.
We believe that data has the power to transform this perception, enabling citizens and policymakers to have meaningful, truthful conversations about crime and law enforcement.
When CrimeReports first launched more than a decade ago, it was a revolutionary step forward for law enforcement: the ability to publicly map incidents and allow citizens to receive alerts when new incidents occur in their communities.
But as time and technology have evolved, it has become clear that law enforcement needs more than just the ability to post incidents on a map. They need the digital infrastructure to engage, mobilize, and educate their communities. With today’s announcement, Socrata and Motorola are joining forces to build those tools and execute on that vision.
With the new site, any law enforcement agency in the country has the ability to not only share a map of incidents with the public, but also trends, analytics, and analysis that enables citizens to understand crime and public safety in their community.
They can also engage and mobilize citizens by:
- providing easy access to social media channels
- messaging and context to the data being presented
- soliciting tips from the public
- proactively registering the cameras of private business owners who are willing to share their records in the event of an incident near their property
Socrata is excited to partner with Motorola to address these civic challenges head on. We at Socrata see this project as an important part of fulfilling our core mission: unleashing the power of government data to improve society. Keeping the public safe is one of the most important responsibilities of a government. CrimeReports will help our partners engage and collaborate more fully with constituents and neighboring communities for a better quality of life for all.