COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- The Colorado Springs Police Department is answering a call for more transparency from law enforcement. The department launched a website that allows users to access police data that hasn’t been available before.
Officials said their goal is to build more trust between their officers and the community through transparency.
The website allows users to take a comprehensive look at the department’s use of force, including how often officers use force, and the reason they do, as well.
In Colorado Springs, the top three reasons force is used is because the subject actively resisted arrest, resisted officer control, or was actively evading arrest.
Users can also delve into who force was used against; down to their gender, age, and, ethnicity.
The department recognized the nationwide call for more police transparency after the death of George Floyd in the hands of Minneapolis police back in May of 2020; but the officials said the website was in the works well before then.
“We’re a great department with great employees, but one of our shortcomings is we have done a poor job of informing our community about what we do, why we do it, and who we are," says Natashia Kerr, Senior Public Communications Specialist a the Colorado Springs Police Department. "This website is really a first step into creating better transparency so people can understand, they can really deep dive into our data.”
The website also offers information on the officers who used force. It does not identify them, but it does include the officer’s gender, ethnicity, and the number of years they’ve been employed with the department.
Crime trend data is also available on the website. It is broken down by neighborhood, the type of crime, and who the crime was committed against.
In 2020, the most commonly reported crime against people in Colorado Springs was assault; making up over 70% of that category.
The top crime against property was vehicle assault.
Access website data here.