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Online, Interactive Dashboards Analyze Data on Homicides and Nonfatal Shootings in City of Milwaukee

Milwaukee, August 18, 2020 – The rates of homicides and nonfatal shootings in Milwaukee have risen steadily throughout 2020. Through the month of July, there was an approximate 90 percent increase in homicides and a more than 65 percent increase in nonfatal shootings. To provide up-to-date analysis on these trends and to support collective anti-violence work in Milwaukee, local researchers have developed interactive online dashboards that visually display this data.

Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) Institute for Health and Equity researchers with the Milwaukee Homicide Review Commission (MHRC), with support from the Milwaukee Police Department, created the homicide and nonfatal shooting dashboards to explore the data on violence in the city in an interactive format. Updated monthly, the dashboards include maps and charts displaying information such as total victim counts by year; type of offense; victims by month, day of week and time of day; victim and suspect demographics, and number of victims by geographic area.

Constance Kostelac, PhD, assistant professor of epidemiology, MHRC director and member of the Institute for Health and Equity at MCW, oversaw the development of the project. “The dashboards provide a more current and interactive way for a wide variety of partners, stakeholders and, importantly, community members, to access data on key indicators of violence in Milwaukee,” Dr. Kostelac said. “The information provides another critical tool as we work collaboratively to identify opportunities for change to reduce and prevent future violence.”

Collaborators on the project include Mallory O’Brien, PhD, MHRC founding director and assistant professor of epidemiology at MCW; Michael Totoraitis, MHRC program manager and PhD candidate in public and community health at MCW, and Andrew Yaspan, a biomedical informatics analyst/developer at MCW’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute.

This project is supported by the police department, the Homicide Review Executive Committee and the Bob and Linda Davis Foundation.

“The Milwaukee Police Department values transparency, particularly when it comes to data sharing,” said Acting Police Chief Michael Brunson, Sr. “We are greatly appreciative of our ongoing partnership with the MHRC.”

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