Gain insight into crimes that are showing significant activity in their area
Receive reminders on safety measures for specific crime types when residents’ alertness should be heightened
Gain Insight into the seasonality of crimes in their area
Increase reliance on evidence vs. anecdotal information in shaping perception of crime in area
Recognition for their input into making their communities safe and providing tangible output for their use
Activate a new channel for reaching the wider population with public safety messages and other public safety education
Gain greater insight into call activity and hotspot locations as reported through the responses of the community
Gain greater insight into crime trends and its seasonality
Utilize a 21st century approach to community communication
No friction added in accessing and using this existing data (no new behavior or training needed. Automated system requires no burden on existing human resources.)
Achieve greater synchronization in preferred responses to crime
Create a platform for deeper dialogue about crime in an area by a larger segment of the community
Demonstrate commitment to increased transparency and accountability
Support global movement for the use of open data to improve government efficiency
Demonstrate the use of more available resources to meet the needs of its residents
“Sharing information with the public is something our administration is committed to and the new platform we are developing with Open JC is a great resource to enhance communications and improve public safety. Google has recognized and is supporting this innovative project, which can be a model for other cities to share information with residents across multiple departments.”
“Right now the community uses lots of back-and-forth emails and Facebook messaging to share information, so we are really looking to the crime alert system to provide accurate and current updates. Through this system, the City and Open JC are expanding how data is shared with the public and we are eager to see this pilot launch and further expand as it will be a great tool for residents.”
“With ‘Be Safe Jersey City’, the Public Safety Department will utilize a 21st Century approach to community communication."
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