The Seattle Police Department has rolled out a new “Crime Dashboard” showing the latest statistics on reports of crimes ranging from homicides to auto theft — you can view the CHS Capitol Hill Crime Dashboard here.
Some of the illuminations may just bum you out — here’s a look at crime across all categories for the area defined as Capitol Hill in the database in 2008 vs. 2015. Overall, crime for Capitol Hill in September of the present was 30% higher than September of 2008, according to the dashboard. Seattle’s population has grown just over 8% in the timeframe.
CAPITOL HILL CRIME 2008 vs. 2015
The dashboard is intended to serve as the public facing component of Seattle’s new data-driven policing:
The Department developed the Crime Data Dashboard, which is the public-facing version of the dashboard that drives the SeaStat process, as part of its ongoing efforts to enhance public trust through transparency and to continue its push to effectively address crime and disorder in the City through its data-driven and community policing approach.
CHS wrote about the SeaStat program and its use in the East Precinct here earlier this year.
The new dashboard service is provided via technology from Seattle-based company Tableau. Some refinements might be in order. One challenge is understanding exactly what area is covered by “Capitol Hill” in the database — there’s also a “North Capitol Hill” in the set.
Meanwhile, Seattle University is conducting a survey of Seattle policing to “solicit feedback on public safety and security concerns.”
Thank you for visiting publicsafetysurvey.org. Through this website, Seattle University is administering the citywide Seattle Public Safety Survey. The purpose of the survey is to solicit feedback on public safety and security concerns from those who live and/or work in Seattle. A report on the survey results will be provided to the Seattle Police Department to assist them with making your neighborhood safer and more secure. The survey is accessible on our homepage from October 15th through November 30th and is available in Amharic, Chinese, English, Korean, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese. The survey is sponsored by the Community Oriented Policing Services Office, the Seattle Police Foundation, and the Seattle Police Department.
If you’re looking for a more direct route for sharing feedback — or asking about trends you find the new dashboard — the East Precinct Advisory Council meets Thursday night.