Minneapolis PD announces partnership with Benchmark Analytics to implement First Sign Early Intervention system

CHICAGO — Minneapolis Police Department Chief Medaria Arradondo announced today the engagement of Benchmark Analytics, the only research-based management system that analyzes police officer performance data and detects variables that identify off-track behavior, as a critical step to reform department practices, accountability and transparency.

First Sign Early Intervention is designed to flag intervention early on so leadership can take preventative and corrective action before the behavior becomes a real problem. Our comprehensive system considers context and patterns of behaviors, unlike other tools that rely on threshold-based triggers.

The First Sign Early Intervention system is based on years of longitudinal studies and analyses of officer conduct in police departments across the U.S. The University of Chicago and its Center for Data Science and Public Policy, with support from the Joyce Foundation, developed a series of predictive models and algorithms that identify patterns of police officer conduct that lead to problematic behavior in policing.

We have entered a new era of police reform as cities can take advantage of methodical, data-driven systems to systemize and engage officers who are engaged in problematic conduct, while simultaneously identifying and supporting officers who are successfully on track.

This new era presents an opportunity to create a new model of police reform, a departure from one that has relied on the same fundamental model for the last 100 years. Historical police reform until recently has failed to do one fundamental thing – identify officers engaged in problematic conduct and take action to remediate the conduct.

About Benchmark Analytics
Benchmark, in collaboration with our esteemed research partners led by the University of Chicago, as well as analytic specialists and world-class technology developers, has created the only evidence-based police force management and early intervention system available today. This proprietary, all-in-one solution captures and aggregates all officer performance data in an easy-to-use, software-enabled system; analyzes it for early, preventative intervention; and provides customized officer support with specific case action plans.

Benchmark Analytics is supported by the National Police Early Intervention and Outcomes Research Consortium, chaired by the University of Chicago and supported by the Joyce Foundation. For more information, visit www.benchmarkanalytics.com.

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