The City of Dallas Launches a New Crime Analytics Dashboard
DALLAS – The Office of Data Analytics and Business Intelligence (DBI), in partnership with the Dallas Police Department (DPD), has developed a new interactive Crime Analytics Dashboard that is a “one-stop shop” for most crime related data.
“The goal of this dashboard was not only to share crime related data and information with our community, but also, to do so in a way that is easily understood by a viewer.,” said Chief Data Officer Dr. Brita Andercheck, “As the Chief Data Officer for the City, one of my primary goals is to help drive better insights from our data.”
For the first time, the dashboard will be able to:
- Display more crime related data and information than the public has previously had access to. This has been done without compromising victim identity or sensitive data.
- Provide crime heat maps to show crime hot spots in the City.
“As a department, we are always looking for ways to build community trust and increase transparency. This new interactive dashboard does just that,” said Dallas Police Chief Eddie Garcia. “The Dallas Police Department is happy to partner with the Office of Data Analytics and Business Intelligence in building another important resource for the people of our city. I hope that people will use this tool to find out more about what is happening in their community, and also learn more about the hard work the men and women of DPD put in each day to fight crime in our city.”
The dashboard includes DPD data from the last two years and will refresh daily. This effort enhances transparency and empowers the public and city leaders by providing a tool to explore crime in-depth across the City of Dallas. The interactive nature of the dashboard helps a viewer to gain deeper insight into crime analytics in the City of Dallas.
For example, while hovering over number cards and graphs, viewers will be able to see year-over-year crime trends for all crime categories. The dashboard will also show metrics like total crimes, violent crime, family violence, hate crime and murder rate.
Analytics on the dashboard are organized by areas like council district, zip code and police areas such as beat and reporting area.
“Transparency is a vital part in building community trust,” said City Manager T.C. Broadnax. “This dashboard is an invaluable resource in strengthening the City’s relationship with the community and will empower residents to learn about what is going on in their community.”
DBI has published an accompanying story page to the dashboard that provides instructions on navigating the dashboard and using its interactive features.