The Piqua Police Department is interested in using data to increase transparency, build community trust, and strengthen accountability.
Police Data Initiative
We recently learned of another opportunity to work towards implementation of “21st Century Policing” while expanding this data-sharing. We are excited to participate in the Police Data Initiative as one of 129 jurisdictions in the United States, and three in Ohio. By joining the Police Data Initiative we will interact with a community of practice that will allow sharing of best practices across multiple jurisdictions for support. We also anticipate some level of technical assistance as we become part of the group defining the way police data might be shared in the future. Many citizens in our community are already members of Nextdoor, which is one of our current tools for engaging with the community. They are also part of this initiative.
Community Crime Map
In March of this year we began a project that allowed us to analyze data and even do some predictive policing with the data we were already collecting. It was also important to us to provide the public more useful information than is available by simply reading the call logs that we post online three times a week. By going to CommunityCrimeMap.com, citizens can now see exactly what types of incidents are occurring, and do some of their own analysis. We have uploaded over 84,000 records to date.
Piqua Chief of Police Bruce Jamison said, “We want our community to know we appreciate the trust they have already shown in this department, and we refuse to take that trust for granted. We will continue to search for ways to engage with you and hold ourselves accountable to you.”
We chose to announce our Community Crime Map and our participation in the Police Data Initiative to coincide with the White House Frontiers Conference, where a number of announcements are being made. Please watch our social media for links to blogs and fact sheets designed to explain the project across the country and here in Piqua.