CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

In an effort to be more transparent, the Charlottesville Police Department is making some changes on how it posts crime data.

After months of accusations of a lack of transparency, Police Chief RaShall Brackney and the CPD are working to make as much information regarding crime data as accessible to the public as possible.

Earlier this month, Brackney announced the department will now post data surrounding internal affairs, investigative detentions, arrests, daily incidents, and crime mapping on its new interactive website.

On Monday, March 18, the department announced all arrest reports from the last five years will now include race and gender data.

Brackney says keeping the community informed has been a top priority since her arrival.

"I understand I'm not going to satisfy everyone, that is going to be an absolute impossibility, and it is not my desire to do so,” Brackney said. “What is my desire is that we give the information that the community needs and wants so that we held ourselves accountable, government accountable, and the community on how we engage as well."

The CPD also plans to hold community-wide gatherings to get feedback on how it can improve its relationship with the people it serves.

Chief Brackney also says the department will continue to make updates to the site as it sees fit.

Click here to view Charlottesville's online data portal.


Press Release from Charlottesville Police Department:
 
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - The Charlottesville Police Department continues to strive for more transparency between the department and the community it serves.
Working with the IT Department and the PIO, Tyler Hawn, the CPD began posting the last five years’ arrest data, daily incident data, and an interactive crime map to the portal earlier this month.
 
After the initial launch and in alignment with the City’s priorities, CPD once again engaged the IT Department to determine if a work-around existed that would allow for race and gender fields to be mined from the adult arrest data. The IT Department was able to extract the information, and the arrest data has been updated to reflect those additional fields.
 
In addition, the daily incident data has also been updated to capture all reported incidents with the exception of those crimes that may involve juveniles.
 
For ease, the information can be found under the ‘Public Safety’ tab at opendata.charlottesville.org.