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Code for America launches police open data census

This week Code for America launched the Police Open Data Census  --  a collection of the police interaction datasets available online. It includes use of force incidents, officer-involved shootings and complaints against police as well as response times and citations. It also indicates whether the data is online, machine readable, up to date and available in bulk, and notes whether context is provided and whether incident-level data is available as opposed to aggregated numbers.

The census was created when Code for America discovered there was no way for cities to see what other jurisdictions were doing in terms of opening information around police interactions with citizens.

So far, the census includes information from just 27 jursidictions, including counties like Anne Arundel County, Md., as well as major cities like Dallas and San Francisco. For many cities, not much open data is available, though Code for America hopes to encourage cities and counties to contribute.

Municipalities with open data on police interactions are asked to contact Code for America to add their data.

Posted by GCN Staff on Jun 02, 2015 at 1:00 PM


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