Over the past year, it’s become clear that the Baltimore Police Department has a transparency problem. In response, the BPD has announced that it will begin posting 911 data online. While you won’t be able to see the caller’s name or exact address, you’ll have access to information including the call date, time, length, reason, block location, and police priority.
“Folks think they call 911 and it goes into some black hole, but now, they can see where it goes,” City Councilman Brandon Scott said in a news conference announcing the new program.
In other cities where such data sets have been made available, users have found innovative ways to sort, map, and otherwise parse the information. It also makes for an interesting glimpse of what BPD officers and other first responders are dealing with on a minute-by-minute basis.
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