Cambridge City

Policy Order
POR 2019 #374
Nov 25, 2019 5:30 PM

That the City Manager is requested to work with the Police Commissioner and other relevant departments to provide an update of when the public Police Dashboard will be fully operational.


Department:City Clerk's Office, AMSponsors:Vice Mayor Alanna Mallon, Councillor E. Denise Simmons, Councillor Craig A. Kelley, Councillor Marc C. McGovern
Category:Policy Order


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In FY19, the Cambridge Police Department reorganized to include a new Division, the Office of Procedural Justice; and




As part of this new departments mission, the FY19 budget book stated: "The Office of Procedural Justice will focus on proactively monitoring data relating to police-citizen interactions for indications of possible racial profiling, racially-biased policing, or use of force incidents, as well as assessing the Department’s compliance with statutes, ordinances, and regulations aimed at mandating accountability. The Office will help demonstrate the CPD's commitment to increasing transparency, accountability, and introspection"; and




The mechanism by which we will determine whether there is possible racial profiling was advised to be in the form of a public dashboard; and




In May of this year during the FY20 budget hearings, the City Council was advised that there was a “sample dashboard”, and that the public dashboard would be fully operational in a few months; and




There was a tremendous amount of positive interest in this first in the nation initiative by both the City Council and residents of Cambridge, yet, six months later, the sample dashboard is still the only information online, and the City Council has not received an update from City Leadership or the Police Department on a new target date for this critical dashboard to be operational; now therefore be it




That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to work with the Police Commissioner and other relevant departments to provide an update of when this public dashboard will be fully operational, and to report back on this matter to the City Council no later than the December 16, 2019 City Council meeting.


Meeting History

Nov 25, 2019 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
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YEAS:Dennis J. Carlone, Jan Devereux, Craig A. Kelley, Alanna Mallon, Marc C. McGovern, Sumbul Siddiqui, E. Denise Simmons, Timothy J. Toomey, Quinton Zondervan