Center for Policing Equity
- 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. Google.org 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.