Breaking Down Data Silos Would Add Tremendous Value, Disrupt Policing as We Know It

Throughout the recent White House Frontiers Conference, one theme has been constant: Crafting a future that’s all-inclusive for everyone, no matter their race or income level. This sentiment was enforced by U.S. Chief Data Scientist DJ Patil during a talk about the future of criminal justice systems. By working across departments and sharing data, he said, members of law enforcement can work closely with public health departments and members of academia to ensure the best techniques are used to treat individuals. To offer the perspective from law enforcement, Knoxville, Tenn., Police Chief David Rausch explained that police departments really need to be seen as, “peace officers, not law enforcers.” With the amount of big data resources now available, data scientists like Rayid Ghani, director of Data Science and Public Policy…


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