Our Members made some amazing accomplishments in 2016. We would like to take the last month of the year to recognize this.
Police departments across Lake, Porter and LaPorte Counties, along with other local, regional and federal agencies are now able to work more collaboratively thanks to a newly created data sharing model where they can view crime statistics throughout these areas, as well as in the neighboring Chicago area.
Joseph Ferrandino, Ph.D., founder of the Northwest Indiana Public Safety Data Consortium of Indiana University Northwest and Member of the Society of Innovators of Northwest Indiana, launched the online tool in 2012 with the Gary Police Department and formed partnerships the following year with the East Chicago and Griffith Police Departments. The number of agencies has since increased significantly, and the enhanced system now enables data from participating agencies to be viewed simultaneously going back as far as January 2015.