Let’s ask some questions on city data
To understand the city’s various strata
Which buildings are at greatest risk of fire?
Which neighborhoods state are most dire?
Or when did the crime rate start to crater?
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Let’s ask some questions on city data
The life of a patrol officer is full of stress
Responding to 911 calls can be such a mess
Important information is scattered all around
Relevant context is so tricky to be found
Highlight of our first weekend here was an outing to Austin Ranch (near DFW ariport) for some horseback riding. It was a beautiful day, the horses behaved well, and after the ride we had a great steak dinner in the afternoon sunlight.
Monday it was back to work and a meeting with the AC Gonzalez (City Manager). Throughout the week we meet a great range of city officials and community leaders. We spent time with the Crimewatch Executive Board (CWEB), and had a morning finding out what it’s really like in a police control car. At the end of the week we visited Dallas Central Library. They have some great exhibits, including one of the first prints of the American Declaration of Independence, and one of the original Shakespeare Folios. They also have a inspiring leader in Jo Guidice, who shared her vision of libraries as information and learning centres, and helped us understand their role in economic regeneration.
We’re taking the evening off and hoping to see some hockey (Dallas Stars vs. Florida Panthers) – but back to work tomorrow, as we enter our final week and get to work in earnest on our report…..
Public safety needs community engagement
Apathy and mistrust just leads to mutual enragement
So, Dallas, share data fearlessly
Let the community interact with you seamlessly
And together, y’all can be stars in a single strong firmament.
There are data silos in Dallas
Leaving them as is would be callous
So data we will integrate
And innovation we will stimulate
And help make Dallas even more marvelous.
We’re one week in to the Dallas Smarter Cities Challenge and we’ve barely had time to breathe, let alone blog….
Since then we’ve had the chance to meet some truly inspiring leaders. From the Police Department, Chief Brown and Chief Cato shared their visions for the city and the future of policing – as well as their personal testimonies. The community affairs team talked to us about their pioneering work to improve the profile of the police and build trust with the community. We’ve worked extensively with the CIS team (the city’s IT department), trying to understand how data and information are managed. We had a tour of the city to see lots of different neighbourhoods, and we met with some of the community leaders who have led the transformation of run-down areas in the city.
Wherever we go, we meet people who are devoted above all to the city and its communities. Leaders with a lifelong commitment to the city, and a determination to make it a better place – such as Chief Brown and Chief Cato in Dallas PD. Many employees of the city who simply want to do their best and serve. And genuinely inspirational community leaders – people like Mike Przekwas and Anna Hill, who in their very different ways have transformed Cedars and Dolphin Heights with determination, persistence and charm.
The team is coming together too…we had a good chance to bond as we watched the Superbowl on our first evening. We have Joe ‘Mainframe’ Doria and Raj ‘Analytics’ SukHramani Judy ‘HR’ Lyne and local girl Mandi ‘Security’ Hanks to keep us safe and within policy; and Anand ‘Research’ Ranganathan who’s going to do the really clever technical stuff. Plus myself, the lone Brit, doing my best to correct everyone’s spelling (colour has a ‘u’ in it, folks!) and understand the rules of American Football. You can see us all in the photo from the launch press conference….