New Web Site Tracks Crime and Arrest Data
The Executive Office of Public Safety and Security has launched a new web site that will promote accountability and transparency by allowing users to analyze detailed crime and arrest data from across the Commonwealth.
The grant-funded Massachusetts Crime Statistics site, located at www.mass.gov/crime-statistics, fulfills a requirement under the criminal justice reform bill signed into law by Governor Charlie Baker, providing options to view annual crime data statewide or by municipality; theme-based reports on hate crimes and other topics; and detailed quarterly arrestee information by city or town.
The Executive Office of Public Safety and Security has pre-populated the site with data from Massachusetts law enforcement agencies that use the National Incident-Based Reporting System, which collectively provide policing services to more than 95 percent of the Commonwealth’s cities, towns, schools, and hospitals.
According to a media release from the office, additional data will become available as more agencies and municipal police departments throughout the Commonwealth adopt the NIBRS system and submit regular reports. Massachusetts State Police are currently in the process of transitioning to NIBRS reporting, and in the interim are making their data available to the public through an external link on the crime statistics landing page.
This site leverages information technology to promote transparency and accountability… It will serve as a valuable tool for researchers, municipal leaders, and residents alike. ~ Secretary of Public Safety and Security Thomas Turco
The site was funded through a grant from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, Office of Justice Programs, US Department of Justice.