Mt. Juliet Police Joining White House-led Police Data Initiative

Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – The Mt. Juliet Police Department is excited to announce that they have committed to participating in the Police Data Initiative led by the White House and Department of Justice. Mt. Juliet is joining 128 other jurisdictions nation-wide, which includes 2 other Tennessee agencies, in leveraging data to increase transparency, accountability, and strengthen trust with the community.

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Map of Police Data Initiative Jurisdictions

The department learned about the Police Data Initiative when staff visited the White House for a special 21st Century Policing Briefing last month. Staff remained in communication with White House personnel since the visit and discussed the Mt. Juliet Police Department joining the initiative.

“Our department has always been focused transparency, positive engagement, and proactive communication,” stated Police Chief James Hambrick. “Joining the Police Data Initiative allows us to continue our focus as we work to ensure our bond remains strong with Mt. Juliet’s citizens and visitors.”

Mt. Juliet Police plans to release open data sets in the coming months, and those data sets will initially include community engagement activities, use of force incidents, and employee demographics. The data sets will be distributed on the Mt. Juliet Police Department’s new website that is launching in the near future, and it will be available on the national Public Safety Open Data Portal at www.publicsafetydataportal.org . The data sets will provide citizens, researchers, and media the opportunity to download, sort, search, filter, or analyze the data for their own needs.

The Police Data Initiative growth is being announced today by President Obama at the White House Frontiers Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and was released by the Department of Justice online at:

https://www.justice.gov/opa/blog/growing-number-communities-are-using-data-improve-policing-and-criminal-justice.

Attachment: List of Police Data Initiative Jurisdictions

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