Newark Police Department Releases Stats Under New Open Data Policy
By Alexandra Hill, WBGO News
August 15, 2013
The Newark Police Department has released its first batch of stats on who they’re stopping.
The data, posted on the department’s website, details the number of stops made in the month of July along with the age, race, and gender of each person stopped. Police Director Samuel DeMaio first announced the policy last month, which is the first of its kind in the nation. He says he hopes this will help foster a better community police trust.
“I think its beneficial to put the data out and now by me looking at this information it gives us as an agency the opportunity to say hey we might have a problem here, let’s look at why did we have this many stops in this area or this many stops upon this group of people and just to make sure that we’re doing things the right way.”
Demaio says this is not stop and frisk. It is a field inquiry policy no different than many other departments . Over 2, ooo people were stopped in July, about 500 resulted in a summons or arrest.