Northampton Police working to increase transparency

The department is the first in Mass. to participate in the White House Police Data Initiative

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – You’ll now have access to information about Northampton Police activity right at your fingertips. Northampton is 1 of 55 departments across the country to join the White House Police Data Initiative.

Officers will now publish expanded data about the people they arrest or pull over for traffic violations, such as employee demographics and use of force. Their website will connect you to all of that data.

Molly Meehan of South Hadley told 22News, “There isn’t enough accountability. It’s hard to see what they do. I think the transparency measure is exactly what we need.”

This comes one year after the Black Lives Matter movement, where people accused officers of racial profiling. Some hope this new system will stop that.

Natalie Harris of Holyoke said, “I think it would be good that they’re not focusing on race, and that they’re focusing on the issues or the situation, and the factors in the case that were involved.”

Northampton is the first police department in Massachusetts to participate in the White House Police Data Initiative.

The Northampton Police Department was not available to comment on this story.

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