Welcome to the Great Barrington Police Department’s Open Data Portal. The Great Barrington Police Department is one of more than 130 local law enforcement agencies that participate in the White House Police Data Initiative — a voluntary program in which participating police departments throughout the country release data sets to the public in an effort to improve public safety through transparency and trust.
As part of the program, agencies are required to guarantee the release of at least three open data sets about different areas of policing.
Click here to learn more about the Police Data Initiative.
Open Data Sets:
The Great Barrington Police Department is committed to the people we serve and want residents to be able to see a “snapshot” of our efforts to continuously proactively engage and form partnerships with community members.
Hate and bias crimes are those that target individuals or groups based on their race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religious beliefs or disability. They are often under reported and consequently not well documented. By releasing this information to the public in the form of open data, the Great Barrington Police Department is aiming to narrow the reporting gap, call more attention to the problem in an effort to better prevent these incidents, and set a foundation for two-way engagement and problem-solving between law enforcement and the community.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Activity
The Great Barrington Police Department releases this data to the public in order to promote awareness and help create opportunities to reduce the number of crashes that occur.
The Great Barrington Police Department feels strongly that a relationship of trust between the employees of this police department and the citizens of the community is essential. As such, all police employees are expected to conduct themselves in such a manner as to reflect favorably upon themselves and the department. Therefore, the GBPD makes data about internal investigations public. To view a spreadsheet outlining those investigations by year, click here.
Officer Involved Shootings (OIS)
An officer-involved-shooting (OIS) occurs when one of our police officers fires their gun at an individual.
To view a spreadsheet outlining OIS by year, click here.
Officer Use of Force
Since we began carrying Tasers in 2013, we reported 29 instances of Taser use. The State requires reporting every time a Taser is removed from a holster but not necessarily used.
In that time period, Taser probes were actually deployed 7 times and another 10 times where they were used in drive stun mode. There have been no injuries.
Tasers are non-lethal weapons and used exactly so that lethal use of force does not have to be used.
Taser deployment is guided by department policy which is approved by the State. Each deployment is reviewed by the Chief and one of our two certified Taser instructors. Annual use of Tasers must be submitted to the State.
GBPD’s ‘Use of Force’ information (including Taser use) is publicly available in the reports here-within.