Friday, April 22, 2016
By Paul Martin

White House: 53 departments sign on to federal oversight


Announced Friday, 53 police departments around the country have signed on so far to the White House-pressed Police Data Initiative, a plan by President Obama to make crime-fighting more technology-driven and accountable to higher-ups, but that is seen by critics as a not-so-subtle federal takeover of community policing.

The program, which comes by way of a recommendation from the Task Force on 21st Century Policing that Obama launched in December – which was created by the White House in response to widely reported instances of police-community clashes and alleged cop discrimination against minorities – is aimed at enhancing “data transparency and analysis” among police departments around the nation.

In White House jargon, according to a May 2015 “Launching the Police Data Initiative press release: “Through the initiative, key stakeholders are establishing a community of practice that will allow for knowledge sharing, community-sourced problem solving and the establishment of documented best practices that can serve as examples for police departments nationwide.”

The ultimate goal?

“Increased trust and impact,” the White House reported.

The initiative in 2015 kicked off in Camden, New Jersey, a “predominantly black city” that’s “one of America’s most violent and also among its poorest,” Newsone reported. Then, 20 other communities joined on to the program as well, which included training from federal authorities on how to gather and use data to “increase transparency, build community trust and support innovation,” the White House reported.

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