Office of Mayor William Peduto
City of Pittsburgh Joins White House-Driven Police Data Initiative

PITTSBURGH, PA (October 13, 2016) - In conjunction with the White House Frontiers Conference in Pittsburgh today, Mayor William Peduto announced that the City of Pittsburgh is joining the White House-led Police Data Initiative (PDI).  

The PDI supports efforts of local law enforcement agencies to leverage data to increase transparency and accountability and build trust with the communities they serve. The White House highlighted the PDI as a critical local innovation in today's conference. 

"We are proud to partner with the White House on this innovative and community focused law enforcement initiative dedicated to reducing crime and increasing community trust," said Mayor William Peduto. "I am proud of the community policing work that Chief McLay and our officers do in our neighborhoods each day. This is an excellent step toward increased transparency and community trust."  

As part of its participation in the PDI, the City of Pittsburgh's Bureau of Police, in partnership with its Department of Innovation & Performance and representatives from both Allegheny County Human Services and the Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center (WPRDC), have developed a website dedicated to increasing the transparency and accessibility of the City and County's law enforcement data. The WPRDC's "Guide to Crime, Courts, and Corrections in the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County" can be found here: http://wprdc.org/crime/.

"In order to rebuild police/community trust, transparency is a vital first step," said Pittsburgh Police Chief Cameron McLay. "In a free democracy, the public has a right to understand the workings of government, and the actions of law enforcement touch the lives of our citizenry in powerful ways. I am proud and excited of the unprecedented degree of data transparency we have provided this community to date, and am committed to continuing to improve the way we share what we do, and how we do it." 

In addition to the crime and law enforcement data previously available on the WPRDC portal, these additional data sets have been added, and are conveniently linked on the "Guide to Crime, Courts, and Corrections" page: 

  • Incidents of Crime – Updates nightly, with data from 2005-present 

  • Arrests – Updates nightly, with data from 2016-present 

  • Non-Traffic Citations – Updates nightly, with data from 2016-present 

  • Community Outreach Events in which the Bureau of Police Participated – Updates monthly with data from 2016-present 

  • Police Training – Updates quarterly, with data from 2006-present.  

  • Civil Rights Lawsuits currently filed against the Bureau of Police – Updates quarterly, with data from 2016-present. 

The WPRDC Guide to Crime, Courts, and Corrections in the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County page also features a variety of tools – charts, maps, interactive visualizations, reports – and additional criminal justice related data provided by Allegheny County and the State of Pennsylvania.   

"This important work continues to build upon our broader efforts around open data," said Chief of Innovation and Performance Debra Lam. "We hope that providing such data not only increases government accountability but empowers the community and strengthens partnerships. This is another testament to Pittsburgh's inclusive innovation." 

To date, 129 jurisdictions nationwide are participating in the PDI. The White House published the following blog post today about the expansion since April 2016. 

  

About the White House Frontiers Conference  

President Barack Obama is in Pittsburgh, PA to host the White House Frontiers Conference, a national convening co-hosted with the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University to explore the future of local, national, and global innovation. 

The conference will focus on building U.S. capacity in science, technology, and innovation, and the new technologies, challenges and goals that will continue shape the 21st century and beyond. Programming will feature five “Frontiers” of innovation: Personal frontiers in health care innovation and precision medicine; Local frontiers in building smart, inclusive communities, including through investments in open data and the Internet of things; National frontiers in harnessing the potential of artificial intelligence, data science, machine learning, automation, and robotics to engage and benefit all Americans; Global frontiers in accelerating the clean energy revolution and developing advanced climate information, tools, services, and collaborations; and, Interplanetary frontiers in space exploration, including our journey to Mars.   

More information on the conference is available at www.frontiersconference.org.   

The afternoon plenary session of the Frontiers Conference will be live-streamed at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/live.  

Join the discussion and follow along on social media buy searching #WHFrontiers and following: @POTUS @WhiteHouse @WhitehouseOSTP @DJ44 on Twitter.

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