Menino WiFies Floon on use of stats for community policing
The Boston Police Department today announced a new flying squad that will use computerized data from a variety of sources to identify trouble spots in the city and then clean them up. As BPD informs us, the effort was actually announced by Mayor Thomas M. Menino:
This latest community policing initiative known as the "Constituent Response Team" (CRT) will proactively identify and analyze recurring quality of life issues through new technology that will compare data through computerized mapping. The BPD will analyze data from multiple sources to examine trends and patterns in citizen complaints for minor crimes, nuisances, social disorder such as loitering, unruly youth, public drinking, loud music and also physical disorder such as abandoned buildings, graffiti, litter and vacant lots.
The CRT is compromised of the officers from the Boston Police Department as well as representation from the Public Works Department, Transportation, Department of Neighborhood Services, Code Enforcement, the Parks and Recreation Department, Graffiti Busters and Basic City Services.
You may recall Flaherty and Yoon pushing some similar idea. But now they don't have to.