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Anne Rhodes January 2, 2024, 11:05 PM

What information should appear in a public safety dashboard? All raw data - about incidents, stops, interventions, crimes, arrests, bail, incarceration, probation, parole, and others - should be dis-aggregated by race, gender, age, ability, and sexual orientation.
How should this data be presented? Data should be accessible online through the City and County, as well as through the police and sheriff's office. An annual report of the identity dis-aggregation progress should be available.
Describe how a member of the public might use this data: We need to be able to track the improvement over time of disproportionate results, for race, gender, age, ability and sexual orientation.
We need to be able to show the public that the police and sheriff are improving, or not.
Success with these numbers will increase the public's trust of law enforcement, and will give the police and sheriff important information for their own improvement.

Name not shown November 21, 2023, 11:33 PM

What information should appear in a public safety dashboard? There is currently no public data available through the DAs office about how many SA or DV or violence against women arrests vs. Prosecution vs. Conviction statistics. When you try to obtain them the DA says Records Office has them... Records says WHY WOULD WE KEEP STATS FOR THE DA?
How should this data be presented? Calls vs. Arrests vs. Prosecuted cases vs. Dropped vs. Convictions
Describe how a member of the public might use this data: So that we may put pressure ok police and county agencies to properly train responders in trauma response, to fund on-call advocates and hire more female officers that can be called in when necessary. AS WELL AS shed light on the despicable record of the DAs office on actually prosecuting these cases.

Name not shown November 7, 2023, 8:10 PM

What information should appear in a public safety dashboard? Crime / police reports, school safety, weather, health (ex. Covid), public works (water quality), flood reports and natural disasters, rabies cases, ticks, deaths in parks, traffic accidents and deaths, public safety alerts. Any data collected by the Town, City or County concerning public safety. It would be good to have data by race, age and gender. I imagine a certain amount of this data is reported to state and federal agencies; it should mirror that especially for comparative purposes. Model off of other counties and municipalities such as Burlington, Portland and Denver.
How should this data be presented? Real time or asap would be good. I use the database Statista for statistics & it is great and easy-to-use presentation; you can embed charts and graphs in reports, PPT, and Xl. Maybe the folks that work with maps & GIS can assist.
Describe how a member of the public might use this data: For one’s own safety awareness and preparation, for deciding where to live, since we are an Education driven county, students and faculty researchers, & of course our local reporters.

Name not shown November 7, 2023, 2:00 PM

What information should appear in a public safety dashboard? Crime statistics and it's categorical classification based on the offense.
All internal PD investigations of officials.
Demographic information of public arrest.
Resources for mental health, housing, rehabilitation, etc.
Describe how a member of the public might use this data: Police accountability and access to public safety resources

Name not shown November 6, 2023, 1:53 PM

What information should appear in a public safety dashboard? Mapping calls for service sounds useful. Can we also use the mapping function to proactively highlight locations for community support (e.g., Tompkins Co. Mental Health Clinic/Open Access)
How should this data be presented? As an interactive map with layers so that community members can zoom in on particular categories of identified data points.
Describe how a member of the public might use this data: To see where police are intervening in town; if other resources are included, to identify other ways to help other community members instead of calling the police if appropriate.

Name not shown November 6, 2023, 11:47 AM

I would love to get text message reminders for things like upcoming voting dates with a link to a page with info on the ballot and how to find my polling place.

Name not shown November 6, 2023, 11:42 AM

What information should appear in a public safety dashboard? Police use of force, including "less lethal" weapons and method, and what types of deescalation methods were used, if any.

I have mixed feelings about how domestic violence calls are presented on the dashboard - providing an apartment building or street block in a small city like Ithaca could make domestic violence victims/survivors vulnerable to doxxing.

I would also like to know how the "reported call type" and "observed call type" are determined. If this information already exists, it would be useful to have it linked to in the dashboard or on the same page as the dashboard. For example, what does "Unfounded" mean?
How should this data be presented? Use of force/deescalation: Similar to calls, it could be either contained as a drill-down item within a call type, or its own section of the dashboard.

I also think the call data presented in the dashboard should be made downloadable, or there should be instructions on how to request the data.

Policies for how "reported/observed call types" are determined - a link to such policies either in the dashboard or on the same page as the dashboard.

I would also be interested in being able to group call types - e.g. the ability to filter in/out all property crimes, or all non-crime-related activities like providing to support to EMS/fire dept.
Describe how a member of the public might use this data: To see what types of calls correlate with use of force/deescalation, and whether use of force/deescalation for the same type of call varies depending on the location - e.g., how often does deescalation get used in West Village Apartments compared to other apartment complexes? (However, an argument against allowing drill-down by location is that, rather than being used to pinpoint biases in use of force/deescalation, people could argue that police use more force in certain areas because the people in those areas are inherently more dangerous, which would encourage further stigma around poor people and unhoused people in our community.)

Even without location data, use of force/deescalation data could create transparency around how police are responding to different types of incidents. While seeing arrest data is useful (I.e.: a very small # of calls result in arrests, and those arrests are mainly for nonviolent crimes/property crimes), that data keeps the focus on citizens rather than creating accountability for police.

Name not shown November 5, 2023, 10:03 PM

What information should appear in a public safety dashboard? race/ethnicity of people involved and outcome of response
Describe how a member of the public might use this data: to determine how this is affecting marginalized members of the community

Name not shown November 4, 2023, 12:33 PM

What information should appear in a public safety dashboard? Job satisfaction of police officiers
Response time for emergency calls

How should this data be presented? shared online
Describe how a member of the public might use this data: The Police Dept is woefully understaffed compromising community safety. Working towards better job satisfaction for officers, and other staff within the Dept, could be used as a recruitment and retention tool to achieve better staffing levels.

Name not shown September 28, 2023, 2:43 PM

If Tompkins County and the area governments are really committed to increasing the output of public information into the community they need to have official channels on social media sites like Instagram. Upon a quick search, I found no such account for Tompkins County and one amateurish account for the City of Ithaca that hasn't been updated since 2020. It appears that there is a City of Ithaca account on X, nee Twitter, but you have to be signed up for X to view that account now, and as that site makes increasingly problematic and irrational decisions fewer and fewer people will choose to have accounts on the site.

I think that some people assume that Instagram is nothing but a space for photos of cute pets, but it can also be used as a way to share vital information as many news organizations have demonstrated. Yes, the algorithmic timeline is not ideal for sharing information in a timely manner, but sadly it is better than most of the other options out there right now.

X is problematic. Facebook is only for grandmothers. TikTok is too silly and trivial for grownups. Reddit is too chaotic. That leaves Instagram as the one decent digital town square left.