The folks from the USC Safe Communities Institute stopped by to talk to me about the new LEWIS Registry. The Registry is a crowdsourced public database for police officers who have been fired or resigned during an investigation of their behavior.
In addition to the front, public-facing, end there is a backend for use by Law Enforcement.
The team at SCI is committed to making their processes as transparent as possible, the data will be publicly verifiable. This could be one step toward better governance in policing nationwide. The lack of transparent data is huge, as there is no national standard. This open data platform can be one step toward transparency and accountability in policing.
Here are the links for the newest Bigger Picture podcast episode:
Apple Podcasts: https://uscprice.page/3hTp4YY
This article was originally posted on the Bedrosian Center’s website on 2021.05.25