Drilling down into Seattle crime data
- By Amanda Ziadeh
- Oct 26, 2015
The Seattle Police Department expanded its SeaStat crime data program to include a public-facing dashboard that gives citizens the same kinds of statistical information on property incidents and violent crimes that SPD officers see.
The SeaStat program launched in 2014 and leverages mapping technology, real-time crime data and community reports to give officers the data-driven crime insights they need to respond to crime faster.
According to the SPD blog, the Crime Data Dashboard is the department’s new citizen-facing version of this program and replaces the previous static crime data postings. Users can view and search through historic and current statistical data that will be refreshed on a monthly basis.
On the Tableau-enabled site, users can search by specific addresses or browse through categories of property crimes and crimes against persons. It includes filters, clickable dynamic tables and corresponding bar charts structured by month and year, as well as an interactive precinct and neighborhood maps.
Updates to the SeaStat program are part of SPD’s continued efforts to drive culture change within the department and increase public trust and outreach. “It’s not just about numbers. We really need to get out there and work with the community on some of the qualitative stuff,” said Kathleen O’Toole, Seattle Police Chief at the 2015 Public Safety Summit at Harvard University. “We make a huge commitment to community engagement.”
Amanda Ziadeh is a former reporter/producer for GCN.