NYPD Big Blue
turbotodd 100000388Y Visits (1980)
I lived in the Big Apple on two separate occasions. The first time, from 1984-1986, the second, from 1998-2001.
I wonder if it's a happy accident the crime I experienced there -- a girlfriend assaulted on 8th Avenue, two separate bicycles stolen while working as a bike messenger -- or if it was because NY had not yet implemented its more effective policing regime in the early 1990s and, beyond that, facilitated a novel approach on gathering and leveraging crime statistics.
While I leave Columbo to figure that one out, let me debrief you about what I learned in a session yesterday here at IBM's Information on Demand Conference in Anaheim, California, entitled "Intelligent Policing.
Fact: NYC is one of the few cities still reporting a steady decline in violent crimes over the past five years. Philly, Boston, Houston, all up. NYC, down. Why?
Well, for one, I left town.
But many believe it's because NYC instituted its own Crime Information Warehouse and "Real Time Crime Center," providing for a single and integrated source of crime information data.
This has allowed the police brass and beat cops to interface with the system in the way they see their "business," and allowed them a powerful investigative analysis tool that helps solve crimes and enable more effective deployment of resources.
Before, again following the stovepipe approach, different systems often produced different answers to the same questions. (And again, a common theme here at the conference.)
There was no single, reliable source responsible for the accuracy of the data, and any reporting and analysis required programming skill and/or intensive manual efforts. Reports sometimes took days to produce, and special ordered reports cold take weeks. In which case, John Q Criminal was well on his way out of the country.
Now, with the Crime Information Warehouse, officers can get a single, easy-to-use point of access to data on virtually all crimes committed in NY's five boroughs. IBM's DB2 Universal Database Data Warehouse Edition pulls data from various standalone systems.
This, combined with business intelligence reporting tools from IBM Business Partner Cognos, helps officers better detect crime patterns as they are forming, and in turn helps precinct commanders take proactive measures to get ahead of these trends and ward off spikes in criminal activity.
Like, perhaps, the stealing of bicycles for hard-working bike messengers??