BPD Watch is an effort to improve civilian oversight of the Baltimore Police Department. We use public and crowdsourced data to build databases, digital galleries, and profiles of individual law enforcement officers from BPD that consolidate information including names, photographs, mentions in news articles, court records, salaries, and citizen reports.
BPD Watch is a volunteer-run project sponsored by Open Justice Baltimore, a Fusion Partnerships program. If you would like to get involved in this or other data transparency projects, visit our Volunteer page or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This project is a response to the lack of transparency and justice in policing. The public should have the right to know which officers are patrolling their neighborhoods and watching their communities. When officers abuse their positions of power, they should be able to be easily identified and held accountable.
BPD Watch is based on the OpenOversight project. OpenOversight is the first project of its kind in the United States, and was first implemented in Chicago in October 2016. OpenOversight currently includes officers from departments across the country, including Berkeley, Oakland, New York, ICE, and more.
OpenOversight is released as free and open source software so others can launch similar law enforcement accountability projects in their own cities. The software is available for download and collaborative development on GitHub.