UWPD launches dashboard with focus on racial equity, transparency

UW-Madison Police Department
UW-Madison Police Department(NBC15)
Published: Dec. 9, 2021 at 6:38 PM CST
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - The UW-Madison Police Department launched a new data dashboard in an effort to promote transparency and show its commitment to racial equity in policing.

The UWPD Equity dashboard went up Wednesday after more than a year of community meetings and feedback collections.

UWPD Chief Kristen Roman said the unique tool is the result of collaboration between the community and stakeholders.

“We’ve worked very hard alongside our UWPD Police Advisory Council and other community members over the past 18 months to find ways to further build trust and create opportunities for more engagement,” Roman said.  “We acknowledge we have a long road ahead in our efforts in promoting change —but we believe the UWPD Equity Dashboard is a significant step forward in deepening collaboration, inspiring partnership, and continuing important conversations about policing.”

UWPD’s calls for service, arrests, citations and use of force incidents can all be viewed and filtered by a variety of factors, including year and demographics.

Users can also look into complaint data, such as the total number of complaints and how many have been resolved.

Dr. Louis Macias, UWPD’s Executive Director of Recruitment, Diversity, and Inclusion, explained that they hope the tool will serve them internally and in collaboration with the community to achieve “a more just society.”

“There is much work to be done and few simple solutions,” Macias said. “We hope the dashboard inspires the questions, discussions, partnership and critical examination needed to fully align with our mission.”

Users can also view general information about programs and services the department officers, such as its policies or how they can get involved in UWPD’s work.

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