Recipe for Success: Police-Community Partnerships

In New Orleans, community policing initiatives require trust and accountability between youth and police officers. To support these efforts, the New Orleans Police Department and Operation Spark, a community-based non-profit organization, hosted Summerware, a three-day workshop to make good use of police open data.

Fifteen-year-old Grace Clark teaches New Orleans Police Superintendent Michael Harrison how to write his first line of code. (Official NOPD photo by Tyler Gamble via Denice Ross)

Fifteen-year-old Grace Clark teaches New Orleans Police Superintendent Michael Harrison how to write his first line of code. (Official NOPD photo by Tyler Gamble via Denice Ross)

Summerware brought together New Orleans Police Department officials with intimate knowledge of policing practices and 15 young technologists from Operation Spark learning new skills. Together these groups verified the accuracy of policing data, reducing duplicate records and misspellings, before the data were published on the City’s Socrata open data portal. Primarily, the event was an opportunity to improve data quality , but the added value was that it organically bolstered efforts to develop strong community partnerships and mutual understandings.

 

Demond Fortenberry and his sister, Dia, work on an app to display NOPD data. (Photos by John Fraboni/Operation Spark and Summer Suleiman/Idea Village via Denice Ross)