Why data and analytics are key to improved outcomes, community relations and accountability
Safety is a universal human need. And citizens rely on their law enforcement and government agencies to help keep them safe. While government agencies set broad policies related to safety, law enforcement officers must act on those policies to maintain safe communities.
But factors such as officer-involved violence, racial injustice and bias, the opioid crisis and social unrest have upended the public’s feeling of safety and disrupted trust in organizations that are designed to keep us safe. This situation was exacerbated in 2020 as the pandemic brought significant new health and economic burdens.
Just as we examine facts to come to terms with what’s happening in the world around us, we should look at the facts around law enforcement to understand what needs to change, and why. A first step is to find out what law enforcement officers do on a day-to-day basis.