Seattle Chief Says Technology, Community Input Helps Moderate Crime Rise


In her first progress report as Seattle Police Chief, Kathleen O'Toole said her department is making strides in dealing with crime, largely by combining data and community input to focus on when and where illegal activity is occurring and directing enforcement toward it, the Seattle Times reports. A nearly 25 percent increase in crime year-to-date just after she took the job in June had dropped to about 13 percent at the end of September, she said.

Police efforts were accelerated in response to spikes in serious assaults, robberies, domestic violence, auto thefts and burglaries. O'Toole credited the improvement to the SeaStat program she initiated, a bimonthly meeting where primarily police officials and prosecutors use crime data and technology to identify trends, develop enforcement strategies and measure success.

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