Home Page
Link to Mayor McGinn Blog Home Link to Mayor McGinn Web Site Home Page Link to Mayor McGinn About Us Page Contact Us

Mayor Mike McGinn left office on January 1, 2014.
This website is for archival purposes only, and is no longer updated.

City of Seattle

September 27, 3:32 PM click here to comment > 6

Implementing Initiative #14 of SPD 20/20: Data-Driven Approach to Deployment

Mayor McGinn updated the public today on the implementation of Initiative #14 of SPD 20/20: A Vision for the Future. Initiative #14 aims to make our communities safer through the use of data-driven policing, which was implemented as a department policy city-wide on September 9th.

“We are moving forward on making Seattle safer through SPD 20/20,” said McGinn. “SPD is using crime data to make sure our officers are in the right place at the right time, which helps people feel safer in high-crime areas and can even help prevent some crimes before they happen.”

Representatives of all five precincts spoke today about how they are using data-driven strategies to address the unique needs of each precinct. Captain Jim Dermody spoke about his “directed patrol” approach, which directs officers to use their proactive time between calls to patrol in hot spot areas while remaining near their vehicles in case an emergency response is needed. Captain Ron Wilson of the East Precinct showed maps of the areas they have identified as hot spots and talked about past successes in focusing on areas known to be hot spots.

“Data-driven policing is the future across the nation” said Police Chief John Diaz. “We researched national best practices on data-driven policing and are now using crime data to deploy our resources where they are needed most. This approach allows us to be responsive to changing community needs and keep on top of emerging trends.”

McGinn also outlined investments supporting data-driven policing in his 2013-2014 Proposed Budget. The Proposed Budget funds an IT professional to develop and support data applications, as well as funding for a consultant to build data sets for the development of data driven policing policies. The Proposed Budget also adds funding for a policy advisor specializing in criminology and data analysis to provide analytical and technical expertise and leadership to the data driven policing programs.

“These investments are crucial to keep our work on data-driven policing moving forward” said Assistant Chief Mike Sanford, head of the SPD 20/20 team. “Our work on data-driven policing through SPD 20/20 is making SPD more agile, responsive and efficient in deploying our officers. With new investments in technology, we can become a national leader in this approach to policing.”

Posted by: Words: April Thomas, Pictures: Jen Nance


Comment from david haines
Time October 9, 2012 at 4:50 pm

Fire the Chief. His Police tactics have allowed for the 80 Pushers of seattle to move operations around without much slowdown..All while coming after me for defending myself against a homeless person who attacked me with a knife, then when police refused to go after the guy allowed for his crew to regroup and attack me again inside a church the next day ..When i stopped leader of gang his crew backed away ..Now cops are trying to ruin my life by going around ballard telling everyone i am a criminal ,convicting me in public courtyard putting my picture everywhere in ballard commons park..Goddamn the hiphocrisy of Seattle P.D. allowing the crack manufacturer behind St Lukes Episcopal Church (next to Library), that the street in between the library and church on church side (behind south side of Church), an apartment(#6), that makes (shards)crack that is sold by homeless low lifes,Because its a low priority issue according to dispatch.yet,police are going out of thier way to convict me When I was Defending my self against a group of degenerates who attacked me becuz i stopped a 6 pack of malt liqour from being snuck into the church at 7;30 a.m. while the inebriates were barking orders and talking back to the help .. the guy who attacked me with the knife wasnt even there that morning but wanted to win the hearts and minds of the Neanderthals who think they can do what ever they want whenever to whomever while staying drunk all day and night belligerent to the core destroying the very nature of good compassion brings…Yet, Cops know best , thats why they keep looking other way at the multi cultural vultures of pushers and pimps for fear of aclu..But, some Cheated fisherman whois still owed 60% of pounds harvested from 2 different seattle based bering sea fishing companies fronting for hedge funds can have me thrown in jail for peacefully protesting,, the city state judicial of local seattle can cheat a worker out of his jones act rights and refuse to hear my BackPay and Loss of wages case out of favor to an L.L.C….Seattles police state implodes community with permissions of continued fueling of salaries relying on wicked malt liqour store owners gladly taking drunk welfare money as a short change to community..You can tell when seattle begins to turn it around.The city will stop selling its soul of its morals and prohibit malt liqour fortified wine in Ballard and in all drug stores who sell pills and foresake the desperate wants of tax dollares…Why wont the cops enforce Drunk in public?? same bullies gettin away with it every day every one else goes to work they shake down women…Cops F8ck with me and other activists who break windows to protest 9 th circuit throwing out court case that would have solved the Worlds and B.P’s. oil spill response containment capabilities.

Comment from irrelevent
Time October 10, 2012 at 10:02 am

Data driven only works if the crime is shutdown..When cops hang out around drug dealers but keep ticketing parked cars and speeders, a waste of cops afraid of the dealers and pimps allows for an implosion..

Comment from david haines
Time October 18, 2012 at 4:02 pm

Its Obvious the Police Chief Has Something to do with the rights(FREEDOM) of Leah-Lynne Plante Being Denied.When the Chief Lobbied to have every federal prosecutorial Tool in the Proverbial Book Thrown at her ..The fact police proved overwhelmed and panicked when missdemeanor violence towards property took place.On May day Doesnt Justify MissUse Of taxPayerResource to make examply out of…The Police State Tools used against Miss Plante are what was supposed to be used against the Drug PUshers and PImps but instead the Chief has Town Hall Meetings with Vulture Culture PUshers and PImp neighbors to give them a heads up and embrace them as if best friend while they (pusher pimps )conduct warfare uncivlilly on comunity with impunity due to chiefs cowardice belief he can scare criminals straight by abusing rights of miss plante .Affirmative action infraction..

Comment from david haines
Time October 18, 2012 at 4:07 pm

Mr. Mayor File a Greivance with Justice dept for wrongful use of federal prosecutorial tools on wrong criminal element..and make the chief shutdown entire drug pimp operations presently being scattered all over community thanks to police telling them to move on..

Comment from chris fagan
Time November 13, 2012 at 10:08 am

I’m not impressed. If we are just beginning to implement this sort of program, it’s like bragging that we’ve finally discovered how to make fire. Similar programs have been active since the 80s. One of the recent shootings occurred 4 houses down from me in broad daylight. I heard less gun shots and saw fewer bodies lying on the pavement when I lived in NYC. Here is some data: there has been a gang selling drugs for the last 15 years at 3rd/2nd and Pine (2 blocks from where the Mayor gave his speech this morning). I had to walk in the street to get around them last night. Will they be there tonight?

Comment from Resident
Time September 19, 2013 at 5:21 pm

I may be echoing some of the comments here, but being a resident of the proverbial 3rd/pin/pike area, I am amazed at how much I learn about my neighborhood by walking there and keeping my eyes open. My suggestion is simple and may not require the costs of new gear or equipment or yet another contractor…My suggestion would be to peel back the layers of money and technology.

I suggest that the police get off the bikes, take off the swat-team like black suits, the crazy wrap-around sunglasses and walk amongst the crowds – in uniform, making a statement and being vigilant. You would really only need a few police officers to walk a beat of a few blocks and my guess is that within a month or so they would have all the “data” they need to see who does what, at what time, and to whom. It is an old school approach that seems to work well – it does for me and all the other people who frequent the area because they live and work there. Who knows, the cops may even run into some of the nice people who live and work there.