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November 15, 2016

VSP PARTICIPATION with The WHITE HOUSE POLICE DATA INITIATIVE

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

PRESS RELEASE

 

VERMONT STATE POLICE PARTICIPATION with

The WHITE HOUSE POLICE DATA INITIATIVE

 

Wednesday, November 16

5pm – 7pm

Pavilion Auditorium, Montpelier VT

 

November 15th, Waterbury VT – Department of Public Safety Commissioner Keith Flynn and Vermont State Police Director Colonel Matthew Birmingham are pleased to announce that the Vermont State Police has become the first state police agency in the country to join the White House Police Data Initiative. 

 

In 2014, President Obama launched the Task Force on 21st Century Policing to identify the best means to provide an effective collaboration between law enforcement and local communities that reduces crime and increases trust.  Currently, 129 individual law enforcement agencies have joined this effort.  This past summer, the Vermont State Police became the first state police agency to join this effort, fulfilling in-part its commitment to transparency and fair and impartial policing in today’s data driven culture.

 

Department of Public Safety Commissioner Keith Flynn said “In the 21st Century, law enforcement must be accountable for its actions.  The White House Initiative is just one step in building the Vermont State Police into the most transparent law enforcement agency in Vermont, but also building Vermont law enforcement into the most accountable force in the country.”

 

Colonel Matthew Birmingham said “The Vermont State Police is proud to participate in the White House Police Data Initiative.  As the largest police agency in Vermont, we support every effort at transparency that helps us build relationships and trust with the public we serve.” 

 

As part of this effort, the Vermont State Police and the Department of Public Safety have developed five data sets specific to VSP activities that will be available on the White House Police Data Initiative website.  The data sets will be introduced to the public during the presentation Wednesday. 

 

-          VSP Traffic Stop Data 2010 – 2015

-          VSP Traffic Fatalities and Seatbelt Use 2010 – Present

-          VSP DUI Arrests 2013 - Present

-          VSP DUI Arrests with Crash  2013 - Present

-          VSP Officer Involved Shootings – 1977 – Present

 

The data sets were chosen for their topical nature and potential public interest and impact, and are specific to Vermont State Police law enforcement activity.  The data will be available for public download, and can be analyzed within the data portal using Socrata, an analysis and visualization tool that allows the user to develop their own visualizations of the data.  These PDI will also be linked to from the Vermont State Police website.

 

While this initial effort and collaboration with the White House is exciting, it is part of an ongoing transparency effort at the Vermont State Police and the Department of Public Safety.  Moving forward, VSP will provide new data sets for analysis, and continue to update the five announced here.  Perhaps more exciting is the collaboration of Vermont law enforcement statewide, with the Vermont Justice Information Sharing System (VJISS). 

 

The Vermont Justice Information Sharing System is a statewide portal used to share justice information between and among authorized users and systems.  It is designed to promote data-driven justice decisions, as well as enhance the effectiveness of justice policies and practices throughout the State of Vermont.   VJISS provides a suite of statewide data and information sharing tools to justice professionals and other stakeholders in support of more effective strategic, tactical, and operational decisions.

 

The Commissioner and Colonel would like to invite the public to the official announcement taking place on Wednesday, November 16th, at the Pavilion Auditorium in Montpelier.  Following the announcement of the White House Police Data Initiative at 5pm, we would like to present the public with an opportunity to discuss the issues and challenges of law enforcement public data, and an open floor discussion for anyone who has thoughts about the best ways to move forward.

 

Please join us for this important announcement and discussion.

 

WHAT:                Vermont State Police / White House Police Data Initiative

WHEN:                Wednesday, Nov ember 16th

TIME:                  5 – 7pm

WHERE:              Pavilion Building - 109 State Street, Montpelier

Press Conference and meeting in basement auditorium.

 

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For more information please contact:

 

Scott Waterman

Vermont State Police Public Information Officer

802-241-5277

802-279-4554

Scott.Waterman@vermont.gov