The Northampton Police Department has joined the FBI’s National Use-of-Force Data Collection.
The voluntary program allows police departments to release data to the public in order to increase transparency and accountability.
The database is an effort to promote more informed conversations regarding law enforcement use of force in the United States.
The collection and reporting of use-of-force data will include:
- Any use of force that results in the death or serious bodily injury of a person.
- Any incident that involves a law enforcement officer discharging a firearm at or in the direction of a person.
“This is one of the more critical issues that’s being discussed in our country right now and we want to be able to talk about it in a factual way,” said Chief Jody Kasper. “When we say we have or don’t have a proper use of force we have data to support that.”
In 2016, the NPD was the first in the Commonwealth and only the 55th in the nation to join President Barack Obama’s White House Police Data Initiative.