Jean Ann Lawson

Brandy Carney
Director
Public Safety & Justice Services
Cuyahoga County, Ohio

Favorite Music

Alt rock icons, from Modest Mouse and Pixies, to Hall & Oates.

Challenge

76 law enforcement agencies in 59 cities in Cuyahoga County, including Cleveland, process overlapping suspects and incidents but don’t share their data. Interfacing with the state system helps, but police agencies are not communicating urgently with each other about felony and misdemeanor suspects.

Solution

The county executive launched the Cuyahoga County Data Sharing Project to electronically circulate police files across jurisdictions in real time. In late 2017, the database begins sharing RMS data to officers in vehicles and detectives at desks. Traffic fines, grants and county general fund dollars finance the project, with startup costs of $1M. The project also includes real-time access to images from county license-plate readers. A second phase could create a countywide protection order and warrant database as well.

Lessons Learned

Strong coordination and collaboration are the keys to success.

Brandy’s Job

Leads eight public safety and justice services agencies, ranging from 911 operations to mediation services.

Brandy’s Personal Background

Grew up in and around Cuyahoga County. After a stint studying dance, attended Cleveland State (BA, ’02), majoring in urban planning. Started off in public safety 11 years ago.

Startling Fact

Used to be a semi-professional ballet dancer.

Contact Info

bcarney@cuyahogacounty.us

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