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External Resources - Communication & Transparency

Open Data

Make all department policies available for public review 


Collect, analyze, and post to web information about stops, summonses, arrests, reported crime, and other law enforcement data aggregated by demographics


Collect, track, and analyze data on use of force incidents


Maintain and open data on department personnel demographics


Collect, maintain and analyze demographic data on all detentions (stops, frisks, searches, summons and arrests)

Procedural Justice & Police-Community Contacts

Officers should be required to seek consent before a search and explain that a person has the right to refuse.


Officers should identify themselves by their full name, rank, and command (as applicable) and provide that information in writing to individuals they have stopped.


Underscore the importance of language used and adopt policies directing officers to speak to individuals with respect.


Adopt procedural justice as the agency's guiding principle, internally and externally.

Social Media

Adopt model policies and best practices for technology-based community engagement that increases community trust and access.


Publicize the beneficial outcomes and images of positive, trust-building partnerships and initiatives, particularly via social media.


Use the internet and social media, with responsive and current content, as a means of community interaction and relationship building.


Consider the internet and social media as a means to encourage community input and collaboration.

Critical Incidents

Communicate with the public during serious incidents swiftly and neutrally.


Policies on use of force should clearly state what types of information will be released, when, and in what situation.

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