As part of the White House Police Data Initiative, the Orlando Police Department released a comprehensive set of data on officer involved shootings since 2009, making OPD one of 15 law enforcement agencies in the country to make this type of data available. In January 2016, under the leadership of Chief John Mina, OPD became the first agency in Florida to participate in the White House Police Data Initiative, which looks to further build community trust through transparency and data sharing.
The City of Orlando’s Open Data website (data.cityoforlando.net) allows residents and business owners to easily access and run simple analysis and visualizations for select data sets. Since the launch of the website, OPD has announced a Domestic Violence Open Data Initiative and released data sets, including OPD cases, calls for service and response to resistance.
The latest data released on officer involved shootings, includes the date, location, names of those involved, whether the suspect was armed, and what type of call officers were summoned to. The data, which covers officer involved shootings from 2009 to present, also includes a link to letters outlining the resolution of the case by the State Attorney’s Office.
The letters allow members of the public to explore the details behind the numbers. They include an overview of the incident, the investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the State Attorney’s decision about whether criminal charges were warranted against the officers involved.
City of Orlando Open Data Website Background:
The City of Orlando Open Data site is another step toward Mayor Buddy Dyer’s Digital City Hall initiative, focused on providing better access to information and municipal services. Data sets available on the website include:
- Building Permits Issued
- Business Tax Receipts Issued
- Orlando Police Department Cases and Calls for Service
- Orlando Police Department Response to Resistance
- Trash, Yard Waste and Recycling Routes
- Maps of Commissioner Districts, Neighborhoods, City Limits