Building on the President’s Call to Action to Leverage Open Data to Increase Trust between Police and Citizens
In December 2014, President Obama launched the Task Force on 21st Century Policing
to study approaches to strengthen law enforcement and community relations while at the same time enhancing public safety. That Task Force developed a series of concrete and specific recommendations
, many of which emphasize the opportunity for police departments to use data and technology to increase transparency and accountability. As a response, the White House launched the Police Data Initiative
, a community of practice that includes leading law enforcement agencies, technologists, and researchers committed to improving the relationship between citizens and police at the local level through the use of data to increase transparency, build community trust
, and strengthen accountability. A growing number of jurisdictions from across the country are joining the initiative, all working toward releasing at least three policing data sets to the public in an open data format (i.e., disaggregated, incident-level, and machine-readable)
, with a portion of those agencies also undertaking the challenge of leveraging data science to develop more effective accountability/early intervention systems using their internal police department data.
As the President said in his speech to community members and law enforcement in Camden, New Jersey in May 2015, “We’ve launched a Police Data Initiative that’s helping Camden and other innovative cities use data to strengthen their work and hold themselves accountable by sharing it with the public…so it’s even easier for police departments to do the things they already want to do in helping to track what’s going on in communities, and then also helping to make sure that that data is used effectively.”
Many organizations are taking action to advance the goal of continuing to improve community policing through the use of data. We want to hear from you about the new, specific, and measurable steps that your organization or department is taking to use open data to increase transparency, build community trust, and strengthen accountability in community policing. We invite private sector companies, nonprofits and community organizations, and police departments to share their activities and commitments to advance these goals.