FUSE Corps - Brooklyn Center, MN
The City of Brooklyn Center is committed to reshaping the city’s public safety and justice systems, utilizing data to drive decisions about policy, programs, and investments in public safety. The City Manager’s Office will partner with a FUSE Corps Executive Fellow for one year to serve as a quasi-Chief Data Officer for this public safety information, effectively harnessing this data in a data storytelling model.
This fellowship project begins on October 25, 2021, and ends on October 23, 2022. The fellowship begins with a multi-day virtual orientation the week of October 25, 2021. The selected Executive Fellow will begin their first day of providing services to the host agency on November 1, 2021.
During the summer of 2020, the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and too many other Black Americans sparked a national dialogue around the failings of the US criminal justice system. People nationwide joined together to protest police violence, emphatically demanding local governments across the county to examine police operations and to examine new approaches to public safety and justice. In the City of Brooklyn Center, a small, working-class city just outside of Minneapolis, this activism and civic engagement came to a head this spring. During the midst of the trial of Derek Chauvin, one of the four officers charged in George Floyd’s death, Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, was fatally shot during a traffic stop in the suburb, sparking successive days of protest.
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. Namely, in May, the City Council passed 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. The resolution puts the city on track to make significant changes to its policing practices, creating diverse approaches to improve overall public safety. This will include establishing a new division of unarmed civilian employees to handle non-moving traffic violations and mental health crises and forming a Department of Community Safety and Violence Prevention to oversee community health and public safety efforts. By prioritizing this diversity of responses, instead of solely relying on armed law enforcement, the City looks to improve overall public safety, address the root causes of many issues, promote racial justice, protect vulnerable community members, and allocate public resources more efficiently.
Since the passage of the resolution, 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. With this context in mind, the City of Brooklyn Center will partner with FUSE Corps to host an Executive Fellow for one year to serve as a quasi-Chief Data Officer for this public safety information. The Executive Fellow will make recommendations on how to best collect, analyze, and transparently share this data, ultimately building 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. Harnessing this data will facilitate transformative change in Brooklyn Center’s public safety systems, creating a safer, healthier, more just, and more thriving community.
PROJECT SUMMARY & POTENTIAL DELIVERABLES
The following provides a general overview of the proposed fellowship project. This project summary and the potential deliverables that follow will be collaboratively revisited by the host agency, the Executive Fellow, and FUSE staff during the first few months of the fellowship, after which a revised scope of work will be developed and agreed upon by the FUSE Executive Fellow and the host agency.
Starting in November 2021, the FUSE Executive Fellow will work quickly to build deep relationships with a wide range of critical stakeholders, including City staff in the Mayor’s Office, City Manager’s Office, and Police Department; those involved in the Community Safety and Violence Prevention Implementation Committee, City Council members, and community-based organizations at the forefront of public safety reform in Brooklyn Center. The Executive Fellow will utilize this initial listening tour to become acquainted with current data sets, data collection systems, and data analysis and storytelling efforts, specifically focusing on data from 9/11 calls, traffic stops, and non-violent arrest records. The Executive Fellow will conduct research and familiarize themselves with comparable public safety data analytics programs in similarly sized jurisdictions nationally, assessing best practices and applicability locally. The Executive Fellow will produce a situational analysis report on these current data pools, highlighting gaps and identifying possible new data sources based on the granular information desired by various stakeholders.
The Executive Fellow will then make recommendations on how to best collect, analyze and transparently share this public safety data. The Executive Fellow will design and iterate a model for capturing and presenting this information. This will include exploring open-source data modeling and visualization software, determining which data sets to incorporate, what predictive analyses the model should offer, and algorithm integrations around equity and the socioeconomic determinants of crime (economic stability and education level, neighborhood and physical environment, food security, physical and mental health, etc.). The Executive Fellow will then input easily accessible data into the system to determine the City’s baseline across Key Performance Indicators. These KPIs should be designed in concert with the Implementation Committee.
In the next phase, the Executive Fellow will begin to track data trends and ensure the long-term deployment and usage of the model. The Executive Fellow will train staff on the model and establish processes to ensure the model will be continuously improved. The Executive Fellow will also develop a data storytelling framework for the model, guiding how departments present the information on the public interface and ensuring staff can utilize and transform their data to create effective policy, programs, and budgets. The framework will include probing questions, a template, and direction on communicating insights, combining data, visuals, infographics, and a narrative, to various audiences. The work of the Executive Fellow will also accumulate in an annual evaluation of the model and baseline data. This report-out will include an extensive explanation of the methodology used in the build-out of the system, review of the baseline data, short-term case studies on policy or program changes, and projections for impact and improvements in the public safety system. This evaluation report should be easily accessible online, detailing best practices and implications with this type of data modeling, supporting information exchange with peer cities, and the state conversation around police reform.
By October 2022, the Executive Fellow will have overseen the following:
FUSE Corps is an equal opportunity employer with a core value of incorporating diverse perspectives into our work at every level. We encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply for this position.
FUSE Corps - Brooklyn Center, MN
The City of Brooklyn Center is committed to reshaping the city’s public safety and justice systems, utilizing data to drive decisions about policy, programs, and investments in public safety. The City Manager’s…