The Atlanta Police Department has launched a new crime data portal. The portal is part of the city’s response to President Barack Obama’s 21st Century Policing Initiative. With the launch, Atlanta joins a growing list of cities that are providing more crime statistics and information out to the public.
Earlier this year, the White House announced the Police Open Data Initiative which came out of the recommendations provided by the Task Force on 21st Century Policing. The goal of both projects is to improve community relations between the police and citizens. The open data project is aimed at helping police departments rely more heavily on data-driven decision making.
The Atlanta Police Department portal will provide information on the most commonly requested “Part 1” crimes. Part 1 crimes typically include – homicide, sexual assault, robbery, and aggravated assault. The Police Department says that new datasets will be added in the future, but no timeline was provided.
Currently, data is available for the present day, the last 24 hours and beyond. On the historical page, users can query historical crime statistics and download it in a CSV file. Users can search by month or year and by crime type for citywide, neighborhood, police zone or beat. Users can also create a radius search around a specific address. Crime data will be updated at least once a week.
“We are certain this will add another layer of transparency that already exists between the Atlanta Police Department and our community,” said Chief George Turner in a statement.
Other places that have launched police data portals recently include California, Colorado, Connecticut, Virginia Beach and Toronto.