Welcome to the Northampton Police Department’s Open Data Portal!
Welcome to the Northampton Police Department’s Open Data Portal! We are proud to report that as of May 19, 2016, we are a participating agency in the White House Police Data Initiative (PDI). This voluntary program challenges police agencies across the United States to release data to the public in order to increase transparency and to build community trust. While police agencies nationwide have worked over the past few decades to release statistics related to criminal activity, this new effort challenges agencies to publish expanded data sets such as employee demographics, use of force, motor vehicle stop driver demographics, and many others. The PDI requires that participating police agencies commit to the release of at least three data sets related to different areas of police operations and administration, and collaborate with others to enhance existing and create new data sets. The Northampton Police Department was only the 55th agency in the United States and the first in Massachusetts to participate in this progressive police initiative.
The Northampton Police Department has a long history of setting the standard for professional and progressive police practices. We strive for excellence in police services and are committed to strengthening community ties. As part of this effort NPD formed an Open Data Team comprised of police officers and citizen volunteers who are all residents of our city and who agreed to collaborate with us on this project. During the summer of 2016 members of the ODT met every other week and collaborated to determine what information would be most useful to our community members. We identified, created, reviewed, and ultimately published a wide variety of tables to share information with users.