PATERSON, NJ - Paterson Public Safety Director Jerry Speziale has never hidden from the fact that he is a fan of “data driven policing,” and, on Thursday, via a prepared statement, the career law enforcement official expressed his support for the creation of the role of Chief Data Officer within the Administration of Mayor Andre Sayegh.

“Data is knowledge and knowledge is resourceful in deploying police resources at the right time and in the right place,” Speziale said.

In August Sayegh announced the appointment of Edward Boze to the new position saying that he, and other yet to be named members of the Innovation Team, will “define and respond to complex urban challenges, deploy resources to meet those challenges, and measure the impact of solutions implemented.”

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“I look forward to working with the new chief data officer,” Speziale said, adding that using the vast trove of data in public safety efforts reflects “21st century policing at its best.”

While the team will work in Paterson City Hall and report directly to Sayegh and Chief of Staff Kathleen Long, the three-year, $750,000 initiative will be funded fully by a grant from The Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation to the Passaic County College Foundation.


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