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Office of Police Conduct Review unveils new data portal
Current metrics, mapping and data from officer profile cards now available online
Oct. 11, 2016 (MINNEAPOLIS) The Office of Police Conduct Review, which reviews every officer complaint made with the City of Minneapolis, now has an open data portal where anyone can find public data on police conduct cases.
The portal (available at www.minneapolismn.gov/civilrights/policereview/archive) features seven dashboards, including an interactive map of allegations of police misconduct, demographic information linked to allegations, case processing decisions made by the joint supervisors and disciplinary outcomes. The dashboards provide more information on demand than ever before on misconduct complaints in the city. Minneapolis is now one of the most open cities in the nation when it comes to making police conduct data available to the public.
“An important element in continuing to build a foundation of trust between our police department and the community is making sure that we are listening and responding to the needs of everyone,” said Mayor Betsy Hodges. “By launching these tools today, we as a city are providing more information on demand than ever before, and we are leading the way nationally in such transparency.”
“Like the introduction of body cameras to our police department, making this kind of public data more readily available will help build and enhance accountability, transparency and trust in our communities,” said Council Member Cam Gordon, the vice chair of the Public Safety, Civil Rights and Emergency Management Committee.
“The launch of this tool is fulfillment of a promise that was made in 2012 at the creation of the Office of Police Conduct Review to provide the public with greater transparency and accountability in the oversight of law enforcement,” said Velma Korbel, the director of the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights.
“The new data portal is a wonderful tool for transparency,” said Andrea Brown, the chair of the Police Conduct Oversight Commission. “This is a necessary step in the right direction. It provides the community immediate access to data and statistics that are often at the root of their concerns. This is a great win for all of us who work hard for accountability in policing.”
OPCR staff collaborated with data scientists in the City’s Information Technology Department to create an online data portal that’s interactive and easy to use. The data covers complaints filed from 2013 to the present and is updated every two weeks.
Along with the OPCR data dashboards, the Minneapolis Police Department and OPCR have worked together to release a system to search for officer complaint histories (available at www.minneapolismn.gov/civilrights/policereview/cra_links-contacts). One can type an officer’s name into the three search fields and locate records from OPCR, MPD’s Internal Affairs Unit, and the former Civilian Review Authority. If discipline occurred, this information will be included along with the allegation leading to the discipline, providing as much officer information as is possible per the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act. Since these officer profile cards are the most frequently requested data from the OPCR, this fills an immediate public need.
Published Oct 11, 2016