Law enforcement would benefit everyone by democratizing its data, column argues

Democratizing law enforcement data could benefit everyone — the police and the public they serve — argue Nancy La Vigne and Roy L. Austin Jr. of the Council on Criminal Justice Task Force on Policing in an Aug. 26, 2021, guest column for The Washington Post.

“We cannot fix a problem we do not fully understand,” they write. “And we do not fully understand the problem because the available data on policing is pathetically thin. This is inexcusable, and it is a serious obstacle to progress.”