West Midlands Police, MyNeighbourhood and poor attempts at servicing the public…

10May10

B-b-b-bang. This, MyNeighbourhood, is the West Midlands Police attempt at using interactive social-media visualisations to meet a growing public angst about safety in their local area and to try and display improving crime prevention methods and the apparent successes.

The map allows you to search street, area AND postcode. But they all do the same thing.

Just show crime over an area for a year. Percentage improvement. That’s it.

B-b-b-but. As today showed, they still don’t communicate with the public. S’all one way.

I know I’ve been banging on about one incident in my life and one cocky guy strutting around the Perry Barr suburbs, but when, as a member of the public, the only time you get to talk to an interested and helpful representative of a decent local police force is when they hang up on you, then social media is the answer.

The Authority 2.0 conference was encouraging. A bit too much focus on broader issues rather than local, intense improvement in policing, but encouraging nonetheless.

I just feel that since this online presence is being utilised, then why can’t a hard-working student enrolled in full-time education who does open days with his University and does nothing but benefit (if only slightly and controversially) his community and is interested in making a change not be heard, even when attempting to produce improved interactive maps.

This map shows basically everything to do with the story, on a Google Map that is both clear and interactive, useful when the police had to use a road-map to allow me to point to where the first event happened.

Hopefully, this gets some response, and something constructive as well.

But yeh, today, at the bottom of the road he was there, I believe.

And I had to walk around to avoid him, as he was there with another guy. Just sitting there.

I don’t know, same outfit, same day, same time, bottom of the road, and then by the time I’m back to my house they are gone.

In all seriousness, I don’t feel safe anymore, and on a certain day and time, have to EXPECT something to go wrong is horrible. Literally disgusting, and the fact that nothing is done makes my heart sink, daily.

All comments are welcome.

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2 Responses to “West Midlands Police, MyNeighbourhood and poor attempts at servicing the public…”

  1. Ben,

    What you seem to be doing is touching on an application/platform we are currently developing and is shortly to enter a private beta, that provides a meaningful two-way conversation with a view to improving policing and community safety on the ground. You can read a little more about it here:

    http://www.viscero.com/projects/witness-appeal-mapping/

    Please do get in touch if you have any thoughts – as it sounds like you have put some thought into it!

  2. Thank you for pointing this out, I’m glad someone else thought through this idea and has put it into practice. I commented on your site but it’s worthwhile saying here that if I can be of any use to you then I am more than happy to help.

    Thanks so much for getting in contact!


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