Center for Policing Equity

Center for Policing Equity

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Region of impact
United States
Total funding
$5 million
Funding began in


Using statistics to track and improve public safety and racial equity

What they do

The Center for Policing Equity (CPE) provides police and communities with a way to use data to improve public safety and racial equity. CPE is a research “think and action tank” with one core mission: to use evidence based approaches and data to create levers for change in criminal justice, communities, and the nation.

In 2013, CPE created the National Justice Database (NJD), the nation's first database tracking national statistics on police behavior, including stops and use of force. To help compare data across the nation, the NJD standardizes data collection across more than 40 of the country's police departments and law enforcement agencies. The NJD is already changing the way law enforcement officers police their communities by equipping them with data and (for the first time ever) identifying national benchmarks for police-citizen interactions.

How we're helping

CPE is currently working on scaling the database and building a standardized tool for police agencies to provide accurate information on police behavior. has granted CPE $5 million to expand the NJD to more cities, improve reporting times, and incorporate survey data to analyze how police behavior impacts community perceptions of law enforcement.

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Founder Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff, Ph.D poses at the Center for Policing Equity.


The science of justice: race, arrests, and police use of force


The science of policing equity: measuring fairness in the Austin Police Department



Study supports suspicion that police are more likely to use force on blacks

July 7, 2016


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