Not Just for Books: Public Libraries Partnering with Police to Engage Communities with Open Data

Police Foundation (@PoliceFound) & Jeff Asher Est. read time:  Chief Christopher Blue, Chapel Hill Police (Photo Courtesy of Chapel Hill Library, Chapel Hill Police Department). Available open datasets from law enforcement agencies in the Police Data Initiative (PDI) are becoming increasingly diverse and so too are the partners that help connect police data to communities.…

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An Overview of the Police Data Initiative (PDI)

Police Foundation (@PoliceFound) Est. read time:  The Police Data Initiative is a national network designed to enhance understanding of crime and public safety and accountability between law enforcement and the community through open data. To date, over 130 law enforcement agencies nationwide, large and small, have joined this community of practice. In doing so, they…

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Small Town, Big Ideas: Northampton’s No-Nonsense Approach Puts Citizen Engagement First

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Police Foundation (@PoliceFound) Est. read time:  Photo Courtesy Janel Jorda There’s no IT Department, no CIO and no dedicated funding for IT improvements. Like other smaller law enforcement agencies, the Northampton Police Department outsources its technology support and would seem to be an unlikely place for innovation around police open data. Chief Jody Kasper used…

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