Criminal Justice

NWI Crime Data-Sharing Platform Wins Innovation Award

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By: Chris Nolte

August 26, 2016 — “Regionally Speaking,” Lakeshore Public Radio

GARY — The Society of Innovators in Northwest Indiana is handing out an award to an Indiana University Northwest-based project that helps keep police and other public safety agencies informed on crime trends.

Professor Joseph Ferrandino was on “Regionally Speaking” on Thursday to talk about the data-sharing platform that, he says, has grown quite a lot, from its very modest beginnings.


Professor Ferrandino says their data-sharing service compliments the East Chicago Police Department’s “shot spotter” program to locate where gunshots are heard and link them to potential crimes.

What’s in the future ?   Ferrandino told “Regionally Speaking” that they keep their focus on what is done with the data they receive rather than on the physical size of the project, and make the information more usable for the agencies that join the Northwest Indiana Public Safety Data Consortium.


[Ferrandino photo, courtesy I.U. Northwest]



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