NPD First Oklahoma Agency to Join Police Data Initiative

Date of Press Release: 
Mon, 03/20/2017
Press Release By: 
Sarah Jensen

The Norman Police Department is the first law enforcement agency in Oklahoma to join the Police Data Initiative, a Police Foundation program aimed at making more data about police activity available to the public.

The initiative stems from the Task Force on 21st Century Policing created by President Obama in late 2014. The Task Force’s goal is to better understand specific policing challenges and help identify actions that improve law enforcement and enhance community engagement. The Police Data Initiative is centered on two key components. The first component being the use of open data to build transparency and increase community trust, and the second being the use of data to greater enhance internal accountability through effective analysis.

Residents can currently find data pertaining to departmental demographics (including hiring demographics), use of force incidents, and complaints on NPD’s Open Data Portal. Over the next year, NPD is committed to providing residents with access to additional data on police contact demographics, citations and arrests, and community engagement efforts.

“Participation in the Police Data Initiative is another way the Norman Police Department can utilize data and technology to further strengthen a culture of transparency and accountability with the community,” said Chief Keith Humphrey. “We strongly believe that this type of transparency and openness will enhance public trust.”

Residents can find NPD’s Open Data Portal on the department’s website, normanpd.normanok.gov. The Open Data Portal is intended to house our datasets for residents to access, visualize and analyze. These datasets are a resource for community members to fill in blanks on areas pertaining to policing and public safety in Norman while also providing important context for what is heard in the media about our community. Additional datasets will be added as the project moves forward, and data will be updated on a quarterly basis.

For more information on the Police Data Initiative, go to: publicsafetydataportal.org. To visit the Norman Police Department’s Open Data Portal, go to: http://normanpd.normanok.gov/pd/open-data-portal.