Local IT Innovation of the Year
The Ventura County, California Sheriff’s Office is a pioneer in public transparency among U.S. law enforcement agencies. In 2023, the office continues to build out and publish public transparency dashboards that are designed to build citizen trust. Community members can access dashboards that provide instantaneous access to information about traffic accidents, homicides, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts and arson. All use-of-force incidents and officer-involved shootings dating back to 1965 are included. Another dashboard reports race and ethnic demographic data on persons detained or searched. Citizens can easily access this data online and compare communities to see statistics on crimes and police interactions with the public.