Only 53 police agencies participating in national push for use of force statistics

As part of the Obama administration’s push for improved policing in the wake of highly-publicized police shootings, the White House last year launched the Police Data Initiative and asked local law enforcement agencies to voluntarily provide, and publicly post, their statistics on use-of-force incidents and other interactions with citizens.

The idea was that greater transparency would lead to greater citizen confidence in the police, with more public support and fewer critical incidents.