Open Data Initiative on Criminal Justice

An illustration with the outline of a person's head in profile wearing a police hat, all in blue, over a background of several people's head outlines layered over each other facing every direction, in the many different skin tone colors.

The policing research group has started making Freedom of Information Act requests to over 40 police departments across the United States and has received data from more than 10 of them. 

The group will continue to engage in data extraction and systematization from diverse data sources related to law enforcement, including texts from social media, images from police body cameras, mobility data from cell phones, etc. 

The group is working on using Azure Synapse Analytics to host all the relevant data and offer Python/R/Stata interfaces to users from different programming backgrounds to query the data. 

This open data initiative will benefit researchers studying law enforcement and encourage exciting future research independent of this project.


Artificial Intelligence


Data Science

Info & Decision

Institutional Behavior

Life Sciences

Machine Learning


Systems Innovation

Systems & Networking


Big Data


Healthcare / Medicine


Social Networks

Urban Systems

Visit the Initiative on Combatting Systemic Racism site to learn more.