Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski has announced the release of a new interactive dashboard displaying data regarding local police traffic stops.
The dashboard will allow users to view stop, search, and arrest trends over time, demographic statistics, and other related data. The new tool represents the latest measure from Baltimore County to increase transparency and accountability. The dashboard was created by the County’s BCSTAT team and the Baltimore County Police Department to display the number of traffic stops by race, reasons for stops, and traffic stop outcomes.
“Building a culture of transparency is critical for making our government more responsive and accountable to the people we serve, and for building trust between government and communities,” Olszewski said. “I want to thank Chief Hyatt, the Baltimore County Police Department and our BCSTAT data team for their work in developing this latest dashboard to further advance our administration’s push to provide the public with more information.”
From the press release:
In November 2019, after a preliminary review of basic traffic stop data showed that African American individuals were issued citations at a higher rate than other individuals, Olszewski created the Workgroup on Equitable Policing to examine policing policies and make recommendations regarding equitable practices, training and supervision, and transparency and accountability for law enforcement.
The group is chaired by Troy Williams, the County’s first Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, a position created by Olszewski to help promote equity and inclusion countywide.
In July of 2020, after several high-profile national incidents of deaths of African Americans at the hands of police officers, Olszewski acted proactively, issuing a second executive order to make the group permanent and expand the scope of the group, now known as the Equitable Policing Advisory Group (EPAG). The dashboard released today fulfills a recommendation of the EPAG to make data more available to the public.
View the dashboard.
View the full press release.