CPD Updates Arrest Data to Increase Transparency
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.