The QSIDES Institute has pulled thousands of pages of police records from the Williamstown Police Department. This project will analyze and identify patterns in police behavior in the town, work with journalists and other activists to use the data to develop action plans to address problems and enact public safety reform, and help to build an abstracted process and suite of tools that can be used by other small towns and municipalities to analyze their own data and empower police reform efforts across the nation. This project will interface with the Small Town Policing Accounting, or SToPA Lab. The overall goal for this project is to use the instance of the Williamstown Policing data to build out a toolkit that can be used in other small municipalities for policing transparency.
Project Leads: Jude Higdon, Greg Herschlag