Co-STARS are awarded to outstanding teams of employees.
Stacie Blaskowski (IT), Jason Case (Police), Travis Glampe (Police), Imani Jafaar (Civil Rights), Ryan Patrick (Civil Rights) and Rick Paulsen (IT).
Civil Rights Director Velma Korbel nominated the team for creating two unique data portals that allow for unprecedented access to information on police misconduct:
“Their work exemplifies the One Minneapolis goal of ensuring residents are informed, see themselves represented in City government, and have the opportunity to influence decision-making.
“The first of these portals allows anyone to review public data maintained by the Office of Police Conduct Review on police misconduct and the status of complaints filed. It contains data from 2013 to the present and updates every two weeks. The data is displayed in seven dashboards, including an interactive map of allegations of police misconduct, demographic information linked to allegations, case processing decisions made by the joint supervisors and disciplinary outcomes. All this data is interactive, allowing a user to drill down to more specific data based on any available data point.
“The second portal is a system to search for officer complaint histories. Such histories are the most frequent requests received by the Office of Police Conduct Review. Now, using the tool, anyone may look up any officer and locate records from the Office of Police Conduct Review, the Police Department's Internal Affairs Unit and the former Civilian Review Authority. The tool provides as much information about the complaint history of an officer as is allowed under the Minnesota Data Practices Act. Such information includes the listing of every complaint, whether the case is opened or closed, whether there was final discipline, and the discipline imposed. On Oct. 11, 2016, the tools went live on the Department of Civil Rights website and were made fully accessible to the public. The Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights views this work as a major step forward in improving community and police relations.
“The Oct. 11 release was a culmination of much hard work. In the months leading up to the public launch, the team collaborated with others to form a design team that could develop the tool in a way that would carefully provide answers to constituent questions about police misconduct while adhering to necessary data practices regulations and policies. This unique cross-department collaboration led to an innovative solution that responds to the pressing community desire for access to police data and information.
“This project is transformational for the City and police oversight agencies across the country. This project is a concrete example of Jafaar and Patrick’s commitment to understanding community needs, concerns and interests. They are working hard to ensure communities are knowledgeable of their civil rights protections and the services available for their use. In doing so, they empower the community to self-advocate and thus help make the City a more progressive and inclusive place to live and work.”
Published Feb 22, 2017