KPD chief speaks about data project at White House conference

Oct. 13, 2016: Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch spoke at a White House conference about how his department is using technology to spot problems before they happen.

Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch spoke at a White House conference Thursday on KPD’s use of new technology meant to build trust between police and members of the community.

Rausch spoke about the “Data Driven Justice Initiative” and the “Police Data Initiative” at the White House Frontiers Conference in Pittsburgh, Pa. KPD is participating in both programs.

Data Driven Justice uses data driven strategies to divert low-level offenders with mental illness out of the criminal justice system, while the Police Data Initiative uses data to increase transparency and accountability among police officers.

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Through that program, KPD supplies researchers with raw data on things like calls for service, civilian complaints about officers and internal affairs investigations. The researchers then use that data to identify officer that are most at risk for “adverse incidents."

The conference focuses on building U.S. capacity in science, technology and innovations.

Rausch said in a statement that he is “honored” to have been asked to participate in the conference.

“The Knoxville Police Department and the City of Knoxville are recognized as leaders in addressing the very tough issues facing our communities and we are excited to share our success and our vision of what the future of policing and criminal justice looks like for our country,” he said.

(© 2016 WBIR)


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