The Missouri Municipal League has awarded Brentwood one of its 2018 Innovation Awards for its use of GPS tracking to improve the delivery of public safety services. It looks like the city partnered with a company owned by the city’s mayor in implementing the technology.
From the Missouri Municipal League:
In June 2016, the city implemented low-cost GPS (Global Positioning Satellite) tracking devices in all of its public vehicles. The city partnered with Geocompile, LLC, to develop a data collection and analysis system to analyze the data from the GPS units.
Data from the city’s police vehicles was used to manage and improve the delivery of public safety services to the residents. Since implementation, 100 percent of the city is patrolled on a regular basis, incidents of Type I criminal activity have fallen; at least two major crimes have been stopped in progress; and residents have reported a notable increase in police visibility, particularly in residential neighborhoods. The system is completely cloud-based.
According to the Missouri Secretary of State website, the company Geocompile, LLC, is owned by Christopher A. Thornton of Brentwood. See the company filing, dated Feb. 3, 2018. The address given for the company is also that of Pam Thornton, State Farm Insurance.
The city won the honor last year too ((Medium City Category – population 5000 – 15000) for using a plastic known as PolyLevel to lift and level sunken sidewalk slabs in lieu of demolition and replacement.