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Chandler Police debuts website providing easy access to public data

May 8, 2018, 11:08 AM
(Facebook Photo/Chandler Police Department)...
(Facebook Photo/Chandler Police Department)
(Facebook Photo/Chandler Police Department)

PHOENIX — Chandler Police unveiled an online resource Monday that makes it easier for citizens and researchers to access the department’s public data.

The Chandler Police Department Open Data website is part of the Public Data Initiative, which gives access to open data information generated by participating police agencies.

Chandler became one of more than 130 departments nationwide and three in Arizona, joining Tucson and Prescott Valley, taking part in the program.

“The Police Data Initiative promotes the use of open data to encourage joint problem solving, innovation, enhanced understanding and accountability between communities and the law enforcement agencies that serve them,” Chandler Detective Seth Taylor said in a news release.

According to the release, the site “provides interactive visualization tools and maps, reference documentation, data download ability and an Application Programming Interface (API) for advanced users.”

Data sets with up-to-date information are available for arrest bookings, general offense reports, and use of force.

There also are data sets for service calls for each completed year since 2013.

(Chandler Police Department)

Users can click the “visualize data” button to generate detailed reports that include easy-to-read charts and interactive graphics.

For example, the “use of force” visual report clearly displays the use of force count by year, the levels of resistance exhibited by the subjects, the reasons for contact with the subject, and the top five types of calls that result in force being used.

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Chandler Police debuts website providing easy access to public data