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Suffolk County Police Launch Transparency Hub of Public Data

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Police Commissioner Rodney Harrison announces the launch of the Transparency Hub on Feb. 22. (Screenshot)

The Suffolk County Police Department has launched a transparency hub on its website where anyone can go online and see data and records on police activity, County Executive Steve Bellone and Commissioner Rodney Harrison announced on Tuesday.

Suffolk Police’s transparency hub is now live on its website and includes several information dashboards about the progress on police reform, traffic stops, pedestrian stops, crime statistics, hate incidents and crimes, and demographic data on both the department and the stops officers make.

“Our goal is for the demographics of the department to reflect the diverse population within this county,” Harrison said. “We are constantly evaluating the hiring and promotional process to ensure individuals are provided the best opportunity to move forward within this department.”

Crime statistics will reveal crimes happening in each neighborhood of the county. Harrison also noted that new dashboards will be added, updated, and enhanced going forward with more information, such as internal affairs, language access, and 911 call data.

Bellone touted the new push for transparency within the police department, which is part of the county’s police reform plan.

“This is a moment of great challenge for policing across the country,” Bellone said. “And this department is committed to being an example of how you do this the right way and that requires great leadership so I thank [Harrison] for moving forward this initiative.

“This data hub creates greater transparency between the department and the communities that it serves, while also providing the department with powerful statistical insights that will allow for data-driven decision making,” he added. “This is about how we continue to make real progress for this department. We are working to alter for the better the relationship between police and community.”

Residents can view the new transparency hub at suffolkpd.org/Transparency-Hub.

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