County launches in­ter­ac­tive crime data dash­board

The Dundalk Eagle - - SPORTS AND RECREATION -

Bal­ti­more County Ex­ec­u­tive John Ol­szewski Jr. on Fri­day re­leased a new in­ter­ac­tive data dash­board on which res­i­dents can view de­tailed in­for­ma­tion about crime.

The dash­board is the lat­est tool avail­able to in­crease gov­ern­ment trans­parency and ac­count­abil­ity in Bal­ti­more County.

“Res­i­dents de­serve to know ex­actly what’s hap­pen­ing in their com­mu­ni­ties, and this dash­board shines a light on crime statis­tics in Bal­ti­more County,” Ol­szewski said. “We’re pleased that the dash­board shows that crime is de­creas­ing in Bal­ti­more County, and that Bal­ti­more County re­mains a safe place to live, work, and raise a fam­ily.”

The data dash­board in­cludes County Part 1 Crime data from 2017 to present. The dash­board will be up­dated each month.

“We will con­tinue to work re­lent­lessly on build­ing pub­lic trust in the com­mu­ni­ties that we serve,” County

Po­lice Chief Melissa Hy­att said. “The cre­ation of this in­for­ma­tion cen­ter in­creases our trans­parency for cit­i­zens to see and un­der­stand what is hap­pen­ing in their com­mu­ni­ties and within our agency.

“We re­main com­mit­ted to pro­mot­ing eq­ui­table polic­ing across Bal­ti­more County and will con­tinue to evolve and en­hance our level of ser­vice.”

Ac­cord­ing to data through the first six months of 2020, Bal­ti­more County re­ported re­duc­tions in homi­cides and all other ma­jor crime cat­e­gories.

From Jan­uary 1, 2020 through June 30, 2020, Bal­ti­more County saw the fol­low­ing ma­jor re­duc­tions com­pared to the same pe­riod in 2019:

• Homi­cides: 15 per­cent de­crease

• Bur­glary: 35 per­cent de­crease

• Rob­beries: 30 per­cent de­crease

• As­sault: 24 per­cent de­crease

• Theft: 23 per­cent de­crease

• Mo­tor Ve­hi­cle Theft: 15 per­cent de­crease

No Part 1 crime cat­e­gories saw year-over-year in­creases.

“En­sur­ing the safety of our com­mu­ni­ties is one of our most im­por­tant re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and I want to ap­plaud Chief Hy­att and the Bal­ti­more County Po­lice De­part­ment for their brav­ery, ser­vice, and progress,” Ol­szewski added. “Early in the new year, I in­tro­duced a se­ries of in­ter­ven­tions to en­hance the safety of our com­mu­ni­ties, changes which are al­ready show­ing sig­nif­i­cant progress.

“Mov­ing ahead, we will con­tinue to in­no­vate to make sure Bal­ti­more County’s neigh­bor­hoods re­main safe.”

The in­ter­ac­tive crime data dash­board{span} re­leased to­day joins Bal­ti­more County’s grow­ing set of re­sources for res­i­dents that pro­vide greater trans­parency, re­flect­ing Ol­szewski’s un­prece­dented com­mit­ment to a more trans­par­ent and ac­count­able gov­ern­ment.

Ear­lier this year, Ol­szewski launched BCSTAT bcstat-bc-gis. hub.ar­cgis.com), a data-driven per­for­mance man­age­ment pro­gram that aims to im­prove per­for­mance, en­sure data qual­ity, en­hance trans­parency and in­crease ac­count­abil­ity across gov­ern­ment.

Bal­ti­more County has also re­leased a num­ber of down­load­able raw data-sets (bal­ti­more­coun­tymd.gov/open­data/) re­lated to nu­mer­ous gov­ern­ment func­tions and ser vices.

Open Data also in­cludes ac­cess to the “My Neighborho­od” in­ter­ac­tive map­ping ap­pli­ca­tion, which al­lows res­i­dents to se­lect, view and print pre­de­fined maps and re­ports about Bal­ti­more County, such as po­lice precincts, en­ter­prise zones, or cen­sus in­for­ma­tion.

In 2019, the Ol­szewski Ad­min­is­tra­tion re­leased the {/span} Bal­ti­more County Open Bud­get plat­form{span} to em­power res­i­dents to ex­plore the County’s bud­get in an on­line, eas­ily un­der­stood for­mat.

The plat­form cur­rently fea­tures in­for­ma­tion on cur­rent and prior year’s bud­gets in­clud­ing rev­enue and ex­pen­di­tures for both op­er­at­ing and cap­i­tal ex­penses.

As part of a re­cent pack­age of re­forms{span} to im­prove trans­parency and ac­count­abil­ity in the Bal­ti­more County Po­lice De­part­ment, the Ol­szewski Ad­min­is­tra­tion an­nounced plans to build pub­lic dash­boards dis­play­ing data on the num­ber and dis­po­si­tion of com­plaints against po­lice of­fi­cers, in­stances of uses of force and traf­fic stop data bro­ken down by race.

These dash­boards will be re­leased in the com­ing weeks

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