Using Data to Enhance Transformative Public Safety Reforms

In the City of Brooklyn Center, a small, working-class city just outside of Minneapolis, the fatal shooting of Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, at a traffic stop in the suburb this spring sparked successive days of protest and demands for the city to examine new approaches to public safety and justice. In the following weeks, leaders in Brooklyn Center have responded in varying ways to reassure the community they are committed to holding police officers accountable and are dedicated to reshaping its public safety systems. This includes passing the Daunte Wright and Kobe Dimock-Heisler Community Safety and Violence Prevention Resolution, named for Wright and Kobe Dimock-Heisler, a 21-year-old man with autism and mental illness who was fatally shot by officers in August 2019. This resolution puts the city on track to make significant changes to its policing practices, creating diverse approaches to improve overall public safety. And since its passage, City leaders have conducted listening sessions with the community and established an Implementation Committee to make recommendations for appropriate changes to public safety ordinances, practices, or policies.

The Implementation Committee is now tasked with reviewing traffic enforcement data and assessing similar civilian-based public safety programs around the county. FUSE will partner with Brooklyn Center to effectively harness this data, making recommendations on how to best collect, analyze, and transparently share this data. FUSE will ultimately build a model, equipped with data storytelling features, that ensures the Implementation Committee can make data-driven and equity-based decisions about policy, programs, and investments in public safety.

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