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What a great week we just wrapped up! From October 24-27, our PS&J team was on the ground at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) conference in Chicago, at the McCormick Place West Convention Center. There, we had the opportunity to meet with many of the more than 6,000 registered attendees, who came from police agencies around the country.
In our booth, we offered ongoing demonstrations of our full ONESolution suite, including RMS and CAD. Guests who came by the booth had a chance to see the solutions in action, and also throw their names in to a raffle for a number of fun prizes.
One of our major highlights from the show was a panel discussion we held on Tuesday afternoon on interoperability with Chief Barry Rountree, Winston-Salem Police Department, Chief John Cox, Purdue University Police Department, and Assistant Chief Michael Gregory, Fort Lauderdale Police Department. The panel focused on how these agencies are able to share costs, and better coordinate on responses to incidents, thanks to shared RMS and CAD systems with neighboring agencies.
Each of the panelists brought different perspectives: Chief Cox’s department shares CAD and RMS systems with the local police departments and other satellite Purdue campuses, Chief Rountree’s office shares CAD with surrounding agencies, and Chief Gregory’s agency is part of a large consortium that shares RMS with the county sheriff’s office and other major police departments in the county. Because of those differences, we were able to have a great discussion on general best practices for agencies that share information, and foster a discussion that was helpful for everyone in attendance. Overall, the panel was a big hit!
Aside from our presentation, we had the honor of hearing from President Obama, who addressed the general assembly of the conference on the last day. He spoke about gun violence and the critical role that heroes like police officers play in keeping our communities safe. Having sat through recorded statements from the President at IACP last year, it was great to hear from him in-person this year.
It wasn’t all work – our platinum sponsorship gave us the opportunity to host Chief’s Night on Monday, which let us network with many of the chiefs in attendance, hear good music, and enjoy classic staples like Chicago-style hot dogs. It was a lot of fun!
Big thanks to IACP for hosting a great conference. We’re looking forward to IACP next year in sunny San Diego!
Lake Mary, Fla. – October 22, 2015 – SunGard Public Sector, a leading provider of software solutions and services to public safety and local government agencies, today announced its schedule of events and presentations during the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) 2015 Conference, taking place at McCormick Place West in Chicago, October 24-27.
At booth #3625 SunGard Public Sector will present its full suite of public safety and justice tools, including:
The highlight of SunGard’s presence at the conference will be a panel discussion from 3:30-5:00 on Tuesday, October 27. The panel, titled “Better Together: How Multi-Jurisdictional Agencies Stay Connected,” will be hosted by SunGard Public Sector Vice President and General Manager of Public Safety & Justice, Kevin Lafeber. It will include a robust discussion on multi-agency use of shared technologies, cooperation between different jurisdictions, and interoperability. The panel will be in Q&A format and will feature Michael Gregory, Assistant Chief of Police, Fort Lauderdale Police Department, Chief Rountree, Winston-Salem Police Department and Chief John Cox, Purdue University Police Department.
SunGard Public Sector will have a significant public data presence at the conference, also demoing its new data solution for public safety officials called Public Connect, in IACP’s “Agency of the Future” demo area. Officials from SunGard Public Sector will also be present in the main showroom area to discuss Public Connect and other open data tools as part of its now year-old strategic partnership with Socrata.
“IACP is one of the best opportunities we have every year to connect with our core customer community: the public safety officials who keep our streets and communities safe,” said Kevin Lafeber, Vice President and General Manager at SunGard Public Sector. “This is an important event that lets us hear from them about their needs, and also present the very latest solutions for their agencies that we’ve worked hard to develop over the year.”
For more information on registering for IACP, click here.
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By Kristy Dalton
Several high profile police related incidents have caused many public safety agencies around the country to consider new ways to strengthen their relationship with their communities. One potential opportunity? Increased sharing of crime data with the public.
Sharing data with the public isn’t new, but it’s not exactly mainstream. Cities and counties have often focused on pulling back the curtain on building permits, restaurant inspection scores or 311 service requests. Nowadays, several major police departments such as Dallas, Albuquerque and Jacksonville have substantially increased their crime data transparency efforts.
When crime data is shared with the public, it can become one of the most visited data sets or pages on a government agency website. Open crime data often includes incident description, location (typically at the block level) and case number or identifier among other data fields.
Some best practices for sharing police data include having no restrictions on using and sharing the data, up-to-date information and a machine readable format – meaning the data can be easily imported into various software for mapping and other analysis by citizens, organizations and the media.
Police Data Initiative
The White House is also lending a hand to local public safety agencies looking to increase community trust. The Police Data Initiative was launched in May 2015 with 21 participating cities and counties and includes support from the International Association of Chiefs of Police and Code for America. The initiative has two main goals – using data to increase trust through transparency, and improving internal accountability and data analysis. The White House is offering experts to work directly with agencies to liberate the data to demonstrate good faith efforts to bolster community relationships.
The University of Chicago Data Science for Social Good team has previously worked on predictive analytics related to 311 data and will bring that knowledge to helping identify crime patterns.
Open data platforms such as Socrata make it easier than ever for agencies to not only share data, but also automate the process which keeps data fresh and reduces the internal workload for agencies. There has been tremendous progress in the open data movement and we are entering perhaps the most exciting phase as smaller cities and counties begin to share their data publicly.
Does your agency offer any type of open data and have you considered sharing crime data?
Local governments, public safety and justice agencies, non-profit organizations, and the citizens they serve can envision the future happening today with SunGard Public Sector.