Center for policing equity
Center for Policing Equity (CPE) offers data-driven interventions that save lives by reducing bias in policing. Through data analysis of police stops, searches, arrests and use of force, CPE identifies the portion of racially-disparate outcomes within a police department’s control and enables them to change their behavior to provide more equitable public safety. By 2024, CPE will bring this reform to departments that collectively serve 100 million people a year.
Photo caption: Racism isn’t just about attitudes — it’s about actions. And only with hard data can police change theirs. / Shutterstock
CPE has expanded the number of law enforcement agencies participating in both its National Justice Database and COMPSTAT for Justice program. Up from serving 5.4 percent of the US population in 2018, CPE data-driven interventions have grown to jurisdictions that serve 19 percent of the US population — or 63 million people — in 2020.
CPE launched its first COMPSTAT for Justice demonstration site in Seattle, in partnership with the Seattle Police Department. Having access to the data system and CPE’s reform expertise will accelerate the department’s ability to deliver on its commitment to reduce racial disparities in policing.
With the increased racial justice activism ignited by George Floyd’s murder, CPE has helped shape the national narrative around reimagining public safety. CPE’s expertise was sought to inform seven new pieces of federal and state legislation, including the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, the Anti-Racism in Public Health Act, the End Racial and Religious Profiling Act (ERPA), and reform bills in New York, Pennsylvania and Missouri that address transparency in law enforcement hiring, racial profiling and use of force.
CPE has made significant advances in its data tools this year, including: moving to digital city reports with online visualization and built-in support; introducing Data Gap Analysis, which assesses the accuracy and completeness of data provided by law enforcement agencies; and an array of automations that are critical for scaling the data tools nationwide.
“The story of 2020 is wrought with cruelty, yet the opportunity for transformation brings hope. Renewed urgency has reframed the narrative from what’s politically possible to what’s necessary. Our work now is to translate the passions of this year into the policies of liberation.”