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Data TypeData ItemPriority
Data Source (System of Record)
Data Source Owner (Department)
Notes
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Existing EIS information including
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officers flaggedImportant
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when they were flaggedImportant
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reasons for the flagImportant
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supervisors conducting the reviewsImportant
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dept interventions (whether there's an intervention and what intervention)
Important
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Officer demographics information including
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home addressNice to haveEven if we can't get the address, it would be nice to get information about the officer's home relative to his/her patrol area, e.g. how far apart they are and what the demographics look like for where they live and where they patrol
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awardsNice to haveDepartments tend to collect only negative information about officers. Positive data can be useful too.
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educationImportantPerhaps no other predictor of police behavior has a more established relationship than education
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Work AddressNice to havePreliminary results suggest travel time is the best predictor for whether a dispatch has an adverse event
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RaceImportantOur preliminary results do not find race to be a useful predictor after taking other things into account. This is consistent with our findings in other projects that behaviors are better predictors than socio-demographics.
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EthnicityImportantSee race.
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Marital StatusImportantOur officer focus group suggested relationship status is an important predictor. Bad things in an officer's personal life may carry into his/her professional life.
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GenderImportantNot only potentially useful predictor for individual officers. May also be a useful predictor for units and the department at large.
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AgeImportantNot the same as experience.
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Secondary EmploymentImportantOfficer focus group said secondary employment can tire and stress officers and put officers in positions where physical contact and adverse interactions are more likely
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Work History Inside DepartmentCritical
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Work History Outside DepartmentImportant
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Criminal HistoryImportantSeveral studies have found criminal history predicts bad officer outcomes
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HobbiesNice to have
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RankCriticalinforms the model about an officer's history, competence, and duties.
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DivisionCriticalnecessary to establish context. Officers who work the midnight shift in a "bad" part of town should have more uses of force, etc than officers working the "good" part of town in the middle of the day
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AssignmentCriticalnecessary to establish context. Officers who work the midnight shift in a "bad" part of town should have more uses of force, etc than officers working the "good" part of town in the middle of the day
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Performance evaluationsImportant
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Psychological evaluationsImportant
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Financial HistoryNice to haveAll the research provided by Police Foundation that looks at credit checks and police behavior found bad credit predicts bad behaviors
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Veteran StatusImportantOfficer focus group identified veteran status as important predictor. Either reduces adverse events (more mature officers) or increases adverse events (come in with habits formed, not a blank slate)
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Address historyNice to have
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Driving recordImportantpast behaviors tend to predict future behaviors. If we want to reduce police crashes, officer driving histories are probably a good predictor.
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Officer training information including
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courses takenImportantpreliminary results suggest training history predicts whether an officer experiences an adverse event
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firearms qualification historyNice to havepreliminary results suggest training history predicts whether an officer experiences an adverse event
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certificationsNice to havepreliminary results suggest training history predicts whether an officer experiences an adverse event
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training officer(s)Importantgood/bad habits can be formed during training period
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Officer payroll information including
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sick timeImportantOfficer focus group said taking lots of sick time or changing sick-time patterns might indicate trouble in an officer's life that could affect his/her behavior
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vacation timeImportantsame as sick time
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overtimeImportantlong hours can stress officers
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compensationNice to have
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Internal affairs data, including:
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complaintsCritical
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conduct / directive violationsCritical
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complimentsImportantmost departments focus on collecting negative information. Positive information can help too.
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disciplinary actionCritical
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investigations history and outcomesCritical
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claims/lawsuits/appearancesImportant
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etc.Important
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Officer activity data, including:
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traffic stopsCritical
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arrests (discretionary and non-discretionary)
Critical
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pursuitsCritical
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pedestrian stopsCritical
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firearm useCritical
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response to resistance/use of force information
Critical
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citations written by officersCritical
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field interviewsCritical
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raid and searchCritical
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knock and talk/stop and frisk activities
Critical
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narrative fieldsImportant
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unit/beat assignment historyCritical
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sergeantsImportantsocial network information
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shift schedule
and rotation
Importantthere might be a difference in the officers resilience on the first day of a rotation compared to the last, or we might learn something from officers that call in sick before/after scheduled vacation or always on Fridays
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etc.Important
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Suspect Data, including
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AgeImportant
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EducationNice to have
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EthnicityNice to have
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Home AddressNice to have
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RaceImportant
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GenderImportant
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In Crisis?Important
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Mental Disorder?Important
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Possession of drugs?Important
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Possession of weapons?Important
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Dispatch data, including:
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calls for serviceImportant
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officers assignedImportant
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clearance of the callImportant
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etc.Important
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Department data including:
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policies and proceduresCriticalIt's important to know what qualifies as 'use of force', etc.
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hiring and promotion requirementsNice to have
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union contract and negotiation history
Nice to have
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District Shape FilesCritical
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Beat Shape FilesImportant
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Gang Territory Shape FilesImportant
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School Shape FilesNice to have
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Park Shape FilesNice to have
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Other Shape FilesNice to have
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Number of OfficersCritical
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Number of Take Home CarsNice to have
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