Policing with Purpose Agency: Canton Township (Michigan) Police Department Year: 2014 Finalist Contact: Sergeant Michael Kennedy - michael.kennedy [at] While already ranked as the 33rd safest community for its demographic in the nation, this department set out to make Canton the safest community in the country in just 5 years.
The goal was to reduce part 1 crimes by 40 percent.
A critical failure in the past was being a step behind with respect to criminal activity.
Two fairly simple actions corrected this problem: 1) a method to accurately and efficiently share information, and 2) weekly Comp Stat meetings.
In the first year of implementation, part 1 crimes dropped by 13.9 percent and have continued to fall in the following years.
The program allows the department to operate more effectively and with better results, utilizing fewer officers with a lower cost to the taxpayers.
Police Analytics Project Agency: Halton (Oakville, Ontario, Canada) Police Service Year: 2015 Semifinalist Contact: Superintendent Nishan Duraiappah - nishan.duraiappah [at] Not only is Halton the fastest growing regional municipality in Canada, it was also named the country’s safest community for several years.
However, rapid urban growth brought with it dramatic problems, including a stark increase in police calls for service.
Based on an extensive review of historic solutions, this agency sought a new approach through the use of technology to enhance crime prevention, clearance and officer safety.
A team of scientists and innovative officers were tasked to exploit corporate data to creatively respond to four main areas: 1) strains on police resource deployment, 2) increasing front line officer availability time, 3) early identification of people at risk, and 4) change the police culture to evidence based decision making. Among other accomplishments, an exhaustive data warehouse was established, a new method of resource deployment was implemented for peak policing time and a risk-matrix tool was developed. TEMPO Dashboard Agency: Henrico County (Virginia) Police Division Year: 2015 Semifinalist Contact: Captain Mike Palkovics - pal [at] This division formed a workgroup to develop and implement a new brand of policing focused on communications and timely intelligence while enhancing crime prevention, clearance and officer safety.
The TEMPO Dashboard is a portal linking the full suite of the division’s computer applications from one program.