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The Today File

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September 17, 2014 at 10:52 PM

SPD launches program combining data analysis, community meetings

The Seattle Police Department has launched a new program  aimed at quickly addressing crime trends and hot spots based on data and community reports.

The program, called SeaStat, will include data analysis and real-time information on murders, assaults, burglaries and other serious crimes to help identify emerging trends, the department said on Wednesday. The aim of the program is to “quickly tackle problems as they’re detected.”

Officials from the Police Department and other agencies will hold meetings every two weeks to discuss numbers and come up with crime-reduction strategies. The meetings are intended to help police assess if solutions are working and develop other strategies if they aren’t, the department said.

Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole said she started SeaStat as part of a pledge “to bring best business practices to the department,” according to a news release. Variations of SeaStat are used by police departments across the country, including New York and Los Angeles.

The Seattle Police Department also released new crime statistics on its website, which will be used as part of SeaStat.

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