Open Data Policing NC

OpenDataPolicing.com is a project of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice launched in December 2015. The first site of its kind, OpenDataPolicingNC.com draws upon public records to publish up-to-date stop, search, and use-of-force data—broken down by race and ethnicity—for every police department and police officer in the state of North Carolina.  All told, the website accounts for nearly twenty million traffic stops made by NC police officers since 2000.  In addition to members of the general public curious to learn about the enforcement habits of their police department, the site has practical applications for police management, civil rights and criminal defense attorneys, and city officials with oversight of the police, among others.

For more than 15 years, North Carolina has led the nation with respect to the collection of police data on traffic stops, passing the first of its laws on the matter in 1999.  However, for largely technological reasons, the data collected has thus far remained largely inaccessible.  Open Data Policing closes the technology gap by putting all of the data online in a readily searchable format, complete with easy-to-understand charts and graphs that detail the stop, search, use-of-force, and contraband seizure patterns for police departments and individual police officers (whose names do not appear on the site), all broken down by race and ethnicity. The technology team led by Caktus Group CTO Colin Copeland, included data scientist Andy Shapiro and software engineer Dylan Young.

Visit the website platform here.

For more information on the project, contact SCSJ Staff Attorney Ian A. Mance: (919) 794-4204ianmance@scsj.org.