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Hacking TPS First-Ever Police Hackathon in North America,
150 Developers, Designers and Innovators spent the weekend
reinventing how the public can share information with the City and Toronto Police Service

Broadcast time: 15:51
Monday, June 11, 2018

Strategy Management

The Toronto Police Service Hackathon on community safety problems took place at Ryerson University’s DMZ startup incubator this past weekend. #HackTPS was officially launched by Police Chief Mark Saunders Friday. On Sunday afternoon, Toronto Mayor John Tory announced the winning team, 51.5 Jumpstreet, and they claimed a $10,000 prize along with a chance to continue developing their application with TPS and DMZ mentors.

Participants were tasked with developing a technology-based product that empowers the community to report and solve community problems, using their cell phones while enhancing real-time data and information-sharing about what’s happening in their neighbourhoods.

“This Hackathon is a first for Toronto Police and a first in North America for policing organizations,” announced Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders. “Engaging the communities is an important element in our continued efforts to keep Toronto the safest city in North America – and this weekend’s efforts demonstrate the innovation by Toronto Police to find new ways to innovate to enhance community safety.”

The winning technology is expected to improve community information related to community complaints.

Jane Illarionova, Akash Shetty, Manik Chaudhery and Kevin Dryden are the winning team members from 51.5 Jumpstreet. “We were motivated by Robert Peel's quote, the police are the public and the public are the police, and so we created a platform that crowdsources information for public safety and welfare. Through an incentive program, users are encouraged to contribute to the community by sharing knowledge that may assist in resolving non-emergency problems and volunteering for community services,” explained Jane Illarionova, 51.5 Jumpstreet.

The community complaint application leverages machine learning techniques to moderate the forums and classify information. Through intelligent automation and crowdsourcing, the platform provides an opportunity for members of the community or appropriate City of Toronto services to address community complaints.

About Toronto Police

The Toronto Police Service is responsible for delivering policing services to a dynamic and diverse community. Its Members, uniform police officers and civilians, are dedicated to policing in partnership with our communities to keep Toronto the best and safest place to be. Through the Transformational Task Force, the Toronto Police Service is undertaking a modernization of its services that will see policing in Toronto be where the public needs the Service the most, embrace partnerships to create safe communities, and focus on the complex needs of a large city.

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Sandra Buckler, Strategic Communications at Toronto Police

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