Re: [betaNYC] NYPD Crime Map

From: Joel N.
Sent on: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 1:49 PM
COMPSTAT was one of the innovations pioneered in NYPD that helped make NYC the safest large city in the US.

COMPSTAT was basically data-driven policing, and has been copied widely around the world since then.

One can argue that it is one of the first instances of municipal data mashup - data being liberated from file cabinets (aka data cemeteries) largely for record-keeping purposes being put to work.  It has its critics, but in the balance, it was a tool that enabled better decisions.

As it happens, when I started my career back in the 90s, we were an IBM subcontractor working on one of the COMPSTAT systems - NITRO (Narcotic Investigation and Tracking of Recidivist Offenders), and it was amazing how relatively simple cross-referencing of data they already have, gave NYPD actionable insights.

But this was all data-driven innovation behind the NYPD firewall.  Hopefully, NYPD will once again leapfrog other police departments  around the world and set the standard for Police Open Data.

Hope springs eternal :)
Joel

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On Tue, Dec 10, 2013 at 11:17 AM, Jessie Braden <[address removed]> wrote:
Oops - forgot the link! http://gis.chicagopolice.org/



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Subject: RE: [betaNYC] NYPD Crime Map
Date: Tue, 10 Dec[masked]:13:46 -0500


Chicago has a lot of data available for viewing. Not sure how much you can actually download though - think you have to request it from them.

It's worth noting that this map was online for the public when I lived in Chicago 8.5 years ago!!! C'mon NYC!




Subject: Re: [betaNYC] NYPD Crime Map
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Date: Mon, 9 Dec[masked]:51:54 -0500

A quick follow-up on what can happen when data is released ...

5 Ways of Visualizing Crime in Philly
http://www.theatlanticcities.com/neighborhoods/2013/02/5-ways-visualizing-crime-philadelphia/4641/


On Mon, Dec 9, 2013 at 9:40 PM, Annabel Alafriz <[address removed]> wrote:
Thanks for this, Joel and all.

For whatever its worth, here are just a few other crime-map (or related) sites found. In addition to Oakland's and Seattle's sites, these may helpful in providing further ideas toward designing interfaces and functionality.

20 Visualizations to Understand Crime
http://flowingdata.com/2009/06/23/20-visualizations-to-understand-crime/

Crime and Policing in England, Wales and Northern Ireland
http://www.police.uk/

The Use of the SpatialKey Platform
http://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2011/feb/15/crime-maps-uk

The Use of GeoTime 5 for Law Enforcement
http://www.geotime.com/
http://www.geotime.com/files/2012-10---GeoTime---Police-Chiefs-Magazine.aspx

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In addition to Police Data …

Citizens chart crime using social media
In Latin America, a region with some of the highest crime rates, new online tools help people report and map crime.
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2011/08/201182173025315608.html



On Mon, Dec 9, 2013 at 2:42 PM, Joel Natividad <[address removed]> wrote:
I'm hopeful that with Commissioner Bratton back at the helm (he pushed for COMPSTAT in the 90s) and his explicit mandate to do community outreach, BetaNYC members can help his team start some tech-driven community policing by making the case for more NYPD open data.

Joel

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On Mon, Dec 9, 2013 at 2:15 PM, Steven Clift <[address removed]> wrote:
It would be great if you know of other cities that are models, to share those links too.

Seattle sets the benchmark:

We can use better maps in other cities to push for changes across many cities.



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On Mon, Dec 9, 2013 at 11:51 AM, Joel Natividad <[address removed]> wrote:
Fellow Brigade members,

The NYPD Crime Map is now live - 


It's a good start, but it'd be far better if we get the raw data with lat/longs.

In Oakland, CA, the City Police Department share not only a map, but tabular data as well:


And with that, the local Civic Tech community has built awesome stuff like CrimeSpotting, replete with an API.


Noel is already spearheading an effort to push for this.  Let's join forces and petition our representatives to follow Oakland's example.

Best,
Joel

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