Who We Are

As a research and action think tank, Center for Policing Equity aims to provide leadership in equity through excellence in research. Using evidence-based approaches to social justice, we use data to create levers for social, cultural and policy change. Center for Policing Equity also holds a 501(c)3 status.

  • We are research scientists, race and equity experts, data virtuosos, and community trainers. Data are our tools, helping us build more fair and just systems.
  • We are partners with law enforcement and communities. Our aim is to bridge the divide of communication, generational mistrust, and suffering.
  • But most of all, we are the path that science can forge towards public safety, community trust, and racial equity.

What Makes Us Different

Our work is powered by science. We use advanced analytics to diagnose disparities in policing, shed light on police behavior, and answer questions police and communities have asked for years about how to build a healthy relationship. It is a process everyone can trust—even when they cannot trust one another.

We do not just collect data. We analyze it. Taking data off the spread sheet and making it actionable is what we do best. Our partners use our analyses to chart a path toward their goals and consistent with their values.

How We Do This Work

The National Justice Database

Center for Policing Equity’s work is centered on the nation’s first and largest database tracking national statistics on police behavior: the National Justice Database (NJD). The NJD grew out of calls from major city law enforcement for a privately held database that could diagnose racial bias in policing.

By integrating crime data, demographics from the U.S. Census and American Community Survey, and police behavioral data, the NJD provides a unique analytic opportunity to determine what portion of racial disparities results from police behavior (as opposed to, say, educational or income disparities). These data are further integrated in many cases with psychological surveys of officers and residents, allowing for the first-ever chance to diagnose what role bias (implicit or explicit), job stress, and other psychological factors play in the production of disparate policing outcomes. All of this is made possible with the speed and automation of software developed in collaboration with Google and the support of other key philanthropic partners.

By combining our deep understanding of law enforcement with powerful analytics and Google’s technology, the NJD is poised to inform policy and practice about how best to:

  1. Equip law enforcement to do their jobs safely.
  2. Pinpoint instances of poor police behavior, and
  3. Empower communities to trust their public safety nationwide.

How to Work With Us

Center for Policing Equity is committed to making our nation’s criminal justice system more just for everyone. Our tools can be used to:

  • Evaluate police departments
  • Assess internal and external implicit bias training
  • Train communities on interacting with police
  • Inform policy decisions
  • Help craft local and national legislation

Let's Work Together