NORTHAMPTON, Mass, (WWLP) – The Northampton Police Department is the first in the state to sign on to a new White House data policy.
The department is the first in the state and one of only 55 departments across the country to volunteer for this new data policy. It was recommended to Chief Jody Kasper by the Chief of Police in Providence Rhode Island.
You’ll be able to go online and see police data ranging from the ethnic makeup of the department, to how many calls they get, what types of calls they are, the demographics of drivers who were cited and the departments list of policies and procedures.
The Northampton Police hope that sharing more data creates more trust in the community.
Chief Jody Kasper, of the Northampton Police Department said, “I think that what you don’t share, people may make assumptions about what that information may hold. Probably one of the most sought after pieces of information would be about the use of force. How are you using force? When do you use it? How often, what types of force do you use? That’s a great example of a type of data that we are really looking forward to exploring.”
Chief Kasper hopes to have a lot more data up on their portal within about a year. The Chief did say she’d like to increase the diversity of the Northampton Police Department.
Right now out of 64 total officers, they only have 8 women, 1 Latino officer, one Asian officer and no black officers.