Since receiving responses to the request for proposals for social media analytic technology at the end of October, the Department’s review committee has carefully considered whether the products available meet the needs of the BRIC. This week, per the recommendation of Superintendent Paul Fitzgerald, Commander of the BRIC, Commissioner Evans has decided to forgo contracting with any of the vendors at this time, and is sending his team back to consider re-drafting the request for proposals to ensure that the Department acquires the appropriate level of technology, while also protecting the privacy of the public.
Additionally, the Commissioner has asked City Councilor Andrea Campbell, Chair of the Committee on Public Safety and Criminal Justice, to initiate a public process to solicit feedback from the public on key policy issues related to the use of the technology and to provide the public with information on the Department’s intended use of the technology, as well as provide instances where the technology is necessary to effectively protect the public.
"After reviewing the submitted proposals I felt that the technology that was presented exceeds the needs of the department. I met with Mayor Walsh and with his support we have decided not to enter into a contract at this time. Our plan from the beginning was to use this process to learn and examine the capabilities of the technology and use that information to make informed decisions," said Commissioner Evans. "Moving forward, we will continue the process of inspecting what is available and ensuring that it meets the needs of the department while protecting the privacy of the public."
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