Enter an agency name into the search field above to review data on the race/ethnic composition demographics of people stopped, searched, and subjected to force in the course of traffic stops in a given jurisdiction. Data is available for most North Carolina departments and officers serving populations greater than 10,000. North Carolina law requires all such agencies to report their data on a monthly basis to the NC Department of Justice; however, some datasets are incomplete or remain unreported. Where data sets are incomplete or missing from the website, it is because they have not been reported to the state agency from which the site derives its records. Open Data Policing does not have access to, nor does it publish, the names of officers, drivers, or passengers involved in traffic stops.
Open Data Policing is a first-of-its-kind platform that aims to make real the recommendation of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing to make stop, search, and use-of-force “data...publicly available to ensure transparency.” The site currently aggregates, visualizes, and publishes public records related to all known traffic stops to have occurred in North Carolina since 2002, in Maryland since 2013, and in Illinois since 2005. Data is collected in all states pursuant to mandatory data collection statutes and reported monthly to the NC State Bureau of Investigation, Maryland State Police, and Illinois State Police. The platform does not alter or manipulate raw data. Where data sets are incomplete or missing, it is because they have not been reported to the state agency from which the site derives its records. Although the site permits users to identify the career enforcement patterns of individual officers associated with known traffic stops, Open Data Policing does not have access to, nor does it publish, the names or drivers, passengers, or officers involved in traffic stops.
Open Data Policing is a project of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice. To support the work of the Open Data Policing initiative, click here.