At the Springfield Police Department, we strive to maintain transparency and open communication with the citizens we serve. One way to accomplish that goal is through the open sharing of data. SPD is one of 130 law enforcement agencies around the country that currently participates in The Police Foundation’s Police Data Initiative (PDI).
The PDI is a collaboration between law enforcement agencies to share data with each other and make that information readily available to the public through each agency’s respective websites.
Under the “Information Tab” tab on Springfieldmo.gov/SPD, citizens will find links to the following information:
- “Media Report” which includes details from every incident reported on the previous day
- Special victim crime data, including rape and domestic violence
- Hate crime data organized by offender race, offense description and more
- All SPD officer involved shooting incidents, including a short synopsis of the incident
- Traffic related statistics including citations issued, vehicle crashes, DWIs and more
- Police call data, including annual totals for each call type and specific calls by date/ time.
“Our hope is that by providing open data it will help to foster an honest and transparent relationship with the people of Springfield,” said Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams. “It is a priority for me and the SPD to make information about the department easily available to citizens. Sharing open data through the PDI is just one of many ways we are working to accomplish that goal.”
Over time, SPD plans to continue to grow the open data provided online to include information about assaults on officers, community engagement, complaints, workforce demographics and more. If there is a category not listed that you’d like to see, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.