Public safety is a top concern for every neighborhood in every district. Socrata Public Safety™ provides foundational tools for every public safety agency to help keep residents informed, establish organizational goals to maintain accountability, and engage citizens to partner with law enforcement in making their streets safer.
Who Uses Socrata Public Safety
Transparency and Trust
Socrata Public Safety allows objective data about law enforcement activities and the state of public safety to be published openly and honestly to the community. Doing so enables a stronger foundation for trust and communication between law enforcement and the public.
- Publish up to 24 months of incident data with a customized CrimeReports™ interface, so citizens can see the latest crime activities in their area
- Clearly and accurately represent the positive work accomplished by the department on the whole, and put outlier situations in context to preserve trust and support for the department
- Promote activities and opportunities for residents to engage and learn more about what law enforcement does and how they can help
- Communicate proactively by incorporating analytical content from Socrata Publica™ or crime maps from CrimeReports to your local PD webpage or social media channels
Healthy communities often recognize that public safety is a result of the community working together as a whole. By providing foundational information, communities are better equipped to keep their eyes open and take safe, appropriate action when suspicious activity takes place.
- Tools to contextualize information, such as the mapping capability of CrimeReports or the narrative approach of Socrata Perspectives helps make issues easier to understand and more personally relatable
- Smartphone and tablet users can sign up for local alerts on their devices when new incidents are reported on CrimeReports
- Residents can register their personal security cameras to augment video evidence of crimes that may happen in their immediate vicinity
- The community can also keep law enforcement more accountable to their performance as more data about incidents and outcomes are shared openly
Data is often used to reveal areas where more attention is needed. Socrata Public Safety supplements advanced policing analytic solutions by providing contextual and understandable information to citizens and officers when they need it.
- With the capabilities of Socrata Publica, law enforcement agencies can provide a central, accessible data repository for anyone to view and analyze policing data
- By centralizing data from multiple sources, it becomes easier to analyze data across systems to reveal what areas are in need of more attention
- Anytime access to data can help officers understand recent trends quickly and respond with more context before entering a potentially dangerous situation
“We believe first that the data we have belongs to citizens and we’re the caretakers of that data. That was a big step to make that our mantra; that the data was the citizens’ data not the police’s data.”
“It’s all about transparency and accountability. I think this is a way to show them we’re accountable … They are free to take that information themselves and do their own analysis. I think this is important for the public to have full information to look at public safety in their neighbourhoods, in their communities”
“You need to release the good, the bad, and the ugly, so the public is confident you’re showing them everything.”
The Seattle Police Department and the U.S. Department of Justice worked together to create a reform plan to boost the SPD’s oversight, training, and reporting.
In 2012, an officer-involved shooting in Dixon Circle, Texas raised controversy among community members as a result of false rumors, media speculation, and lack of factual information. As part of the initiative to rebuild trust within the community, the police department announced new key policies to boost public transparency and safety.
Many police departments recognize the need to not just acknowledge their recent increase in exposure, but also get ahead of it. They’re actually leading efforts to create greater transparency into their work as a way to build stronger communities.
At the International Association of Chiefs of Police event for public information officers, presenters discussed how to leverage social media to better inform and engage citizens and media alike.
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