Victoria Police launch Community Dashboard
The Victoria Police Department launched Open VicPD, a “one-stop hub for information” about the Victoria Police Department.
“Open VicPD is part of our efforts to be as transparent and accountable as possible,” the department said. “Our interactive VicPD Community Dashboard, alongside our online quarterly reports, publications, and other information, tells the story of how we are working towards our strategic vision of ‘A Safer Community Together.’”
The VicPD Community Dashboard and the quarterly reports provide data and analysis at different levels of depth, and over different time periods. Some of this information comes directly from VicPD, while other information, like the Crime Severity Index for Victoria and Esquimalt, is produced by outside agencies like Stats Canada.
The dashboard is organized through three goals: support community safety, enhance public trust and achieve organizational excellence. There are five subcategories under each of the three goals that provide year-to-year insight into how the department is measuring their progress on these goals.
“These subcategories aren’t an exhaustive list of all aspects of how we deliver policing services in Victoria and Esquimalt, but are what we feel to be the best measures of our year-to-year progress,” the department stated. “We’ll be asking for your feedback on these measures and how we can improve the Community Dashboard and we’ll be taking deeper dives into these measures in the weeks ahead.”