Step 1: Open Information
Law enforcement opens its data and information to the community, allowing for greater transparency with their effort, easier access for citizens to discover and become aware about crime in their neighborhoods, establishing greater trust, and begins building stronger ties.
Step 2: Awareness
Awareness about crime and criminal activity increases as the community becomes more informed of what is going on around them in their daily lives. What they didn’t know is shifting to what they do know, and in turn changing attitudes about their need to know about crime activity and improving their overall safety.
Step 3: Engagement
Communities begin to seek out, discuss, and share what they are learning and become much more actively engaged. Engagement leads to deeper ties with law enforcement, their efforts to prevent and solve crimes, and spreads the word to other communities. Reciprocation of information becomes more prevalent; as law enforcement provides info to the community, in return the community gives back to law enforcement.
Step 4: Proactive Attitudes
Engaged communities evolve into actively aware communities, leading to greater increases in tip and lead generation to law enforcement, decreases in crime rates, and results in a proactive attitude and social conscience. Knowing what’s going on around their community becomes more of an every-day practice.
Step 5: Safer Communities
As law enforcement continues opening and sharing its data with the community, awareness and engagement increases, citizens become more empowered in the ongoing fight against crime, and involvement continues to grow, in turn building even safer communities and stronger ties with law enforcement.