POLICING EQUITY

We use science to promote justice

aka Center for Policing Equity, CPE   |   Los Angeles, CA   |  www.policingequity.org

Mission

The Center for Policing Equity brings real solutions to racial bias in policing that communities want and Chiefs can get behind. Our team of #justicenerds measure justice by analyzing police department’s data on stops, arrests, and use of force. We identify the portion of this police behavior that impacts Black and Brown people disproportionally, and then make recommendations to eliminate these biased behaviors. We’re working to give our partners—community, advocates, and police—reminders that the values of equity and dignity must be at the core of public safety. And, when those values guide decisions we live better together.

Ruling year info

2017

President and Co-founder

Phil Atiba Goff PhD

Main address

1925 Century Park East, Suite 1700

Los Angeles, CA 90067 USA

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EIN

81-4945849

NTEE code info

(Alliance/Advocacy Organizations) (R01)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Police use force an estimated four times more often against Black people than White people, leading to more injuries, deaths, lost wages, psychological trauma, economic hardship, and juvenile crime. When policing is unfair, it is difficult for affected populations to prosper and for communities to live in peace. This is where the Center for Policing Equity’s data-driven interventions come in. Our team uses advanced analytics to measure racial bias in policing, shed light on police behavior, and answer questions police and communities have asked for years on how to build a public safety system with dignity and equity at its core. We believe if you can measure a problem, you can change it. Leveraging data and behavioral science, we measure unjust outcomes and identify the portion for which police should be held accountable in order to produce more equitable and less burdensome public safety. We are committed to bridging the divide between police and America’s most vulnerable communities.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

National Justice Database

The National Justice Database (NJD) is the nation’s first database tracking national statistics on police behavior, including stops and use of force, and will standardize data collection across many of the country’s police departments.

By integrating crime data, demographics from the U.S. Census and American Community Survey, and police behavioral data, the NJD provides a unique analytic opportunity to determine what portion of racial disparities results from police behavior (as opposed to, say, educational or income disparities). These data are further integrated in many cases with psychological surveys of officers and residents, allowing for the first-ever chance to diagnose what role bias (implicit or explicit), job stress, and other psychological factors play in the production of disparate policing outcomes. All of this is made possible with the speed and automation of software developed in collaboration with Google and the support of other key philanthropic partners.

The NJD is poised to inform policy and practice about how best to:

>> Equip law enforcement to do their jobs safely.
>> Pinpoint instances of poor police behavior, and
>> Empower communities to trust their public safety nationwide.

Population(s) Served
Adults

In 2015, we began developing COMPSTAT for Justice (C4J), a data-driven approach to identify the sources of racial disparity in policing and generate reforms that can reduce them. C4J allows police departments to hold officers accountable to shared values of equity and justice. Specifically, we analyze collected data to provide feedback to law enforcement on the portion of racial disparities stemming from their behaviors—spotlighting neighborhoods, activities, and conditions that facilitate the greatest harm. By analyzing data on police stops, searches, arrests, and use of force, we detail findings that, once shared with our police partners, lead to significant shifts in policy, behavior, and outcomes. Through the C4J program, we have expanded our data-driven interventions to provide law enforcement with the tools and tactics they need to promote fair and equitable policing outcomes for their communities.

Police departments already practice data-driven accountability—nearly every department in the U.S. uses COMPSTAT, a software that tracks incidents, identifies trends, and holds departments accountable by measuring crime. At CPE, we use C4J to measure justice.

Our C4J work extends beyond data collection and solutions implementation within partner police departments, and elevates the voices of community-based organizations, practitioners, along with other groups that are most vocal in their concerns about police, including local leaders and local legislators. The goal is to establish local partnerships with those most credible and motivated for police reform so that we may leverage their expertise in building more fair and equitable public safety outcomes within each partner community.

After our findings are shared and policy recommendations are implemented, we begin to see powerful results. In cities where we’ve worked, we see an average of 25% fewer arrests, 26% fewer use of force incidents, and 13% fewer officer injuries. Across cities surveyed, we saw the following improvement in community perceptions over a three-year period reflecting CPEs work: perceptions on racial bias - improved by 7%; neighborhood safety - improved by 11%; and police legitimacy - improved by 8%. This was the case even for Black community members, usually the most distrustful of law enforcement.

Today, as police departments face their record of biased policing and determine how to address and change systemic racism, C4J, and the accompanying support that is part of the program, is proving invaluable in helping affect real reform and create a more just country for all.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples
Multiracial people
People of African descent
People of Latin American descent

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total population served by CPE's data-driven interventions.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Indigenous peoples, Multiracial people, People of African descent, People of Latin American descent

Related Program

National Justice Database

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2020, the total population served by our data-driven interventions is more than 63 million.

Number of police agencies that CPE has collected data from.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Indigenous peoples, Multiracial people, People of African descent, People of Latin American descent

Related Program

National Justice Database

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

CPE currently works in 40+ cities nationwide and the total population served by our data-driven interventions is more than 63 million. We maintain relationships with several departments year-over-year

Number of reports delivered to partnering police departments.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Indigenous peoples, Multiracial people, People of African descent, People of Latin American descent

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our COMPSTAT for Justice City Reports have been to partnering police departments that serve densely populated metropolitan cities. These figures reflect all reports delivered.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Center for Policing Equity works with communities and inside of public safety systems to make law enforcement less racist and less deadly. We are a research and action organization that produces analyses to identify and reduce the causes of racial disparities in public safety. Our work is a direct response to the failure to measure how the state administers justice in our most vulnerable and neglected communities. By measuring justice and giving communities the tools to plan investments in public safety, we are delivering on what the social contract owes to those most in need of its protections.

In 2013, with the support of the National Science Foundation, we launched the National Justice Database (NJD)—the first and largest collection of standardized police behavior data in the country, which houses crime, use-of-force, police contact, and survey response data collected from police departments who have invited us to partner with them. We also began developing a tool to measure justice called COMPSTAT for Justice (C4J). C4J analyzes data from the NJD, officer surveys, community surveys, and the Census to identify the sources of racial disparity in policing and generate reforms to reduce them. Specifically, through C4J City Report we provide feedback to law enforcement on the portion of racial disparities stemming from their behaviors, spotlighting neighborhoods, activities, and conditions that facilitate the greatest harm and generating detailed findings that lead to significant shifts in policy, behavior, and outcomes.

Over the next 5 years, one of our principal goals is to scale C4J to serve 100 million people a year—nearly one in three Americans.

We have always been committed to empowering communities to define public safety for themselves. But now, as communities are calling out for their cities to reimagine public safety, we are accelerating our work to empower communities to lead public safety funding efforts in ways that are values-aligned, efficient, and safe.

CPE has been and will remain on the forefront of this issue, working directly with law enforcement and communities to provide key guidance and support. CPE has demonstrated the transformative impact that data-driven interventions can have on over 55 million people served by our partnering law enforcement agencies. By pairing law enforcement with world-class researchers, we have simultaneously helped police departments realize their own equity goals while also advancing the scientific understanding of equity issues in policing.

In each city, the key partners in our work are law enforcement, community organizations, and local and state agencies. The demand is high and continues to outpace our current capacity. We have a standard process that is centered on buy-in from diverse stakeholders. CPE receives direct outreach from the interested police department or an introduction from city government, federal monitors, or other community groups. CPE then aligns with the department on process. Second, we ask the department to identify the community groups that are most vocal in their concerns about police and we learn from them. Finally, we ask to speak with the mayor or city council. The goal is to establish local partnerships with those most credible and motivated for change.

Using the department’s data, officer surveys, and Census data, we calculate the portion of disparate outcomes for which law enforcement is responsible. This allows us to pinpoint areas most ripe for intervention. Once data is collected and analyzed, CPE discusses the analysis results with the police and community partners to gain additional context and then proceeds to make recommendations based on past DOJ consent decrees, national best practices, evidence-informed interventions, and good old common sense. We deliver these findings to Chiefs as a City Report that also establishes a framework to ensure law enforcement continues to hold themselves accountable. After findings are shared and policy recommendations are implemented, we begin to see powerful results.

The underpinning of all of our work is strong systems. CPE partners with Google on the analytics and software development of our data-driven interventions. We have collaborated with The Bridgespan Group, which has helped us translate what we do for our partners and design our organizational infrastructure around three primary categories: science; justice initiatives; and field engagement. We have also recently worked alongside advocacy groups including the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the Movement For Black Lives, the Black Futures Lab, and Brighter Days for Justice (formerly Million Hoodies).

With so much at stake, and so many ready to reimagine public safety, we need to expedite this work and scale to accommodate the nationwide demand. The work that we’ve already been doing, particularly our COMPSTAT for Justice work, is absolutely crucial to reduce racism within departments around the country.

Over the past year, CPE strengthened its infrastructure and is scaling sustainably in order to reach our five-year goal of serving one-in-three Americans.

In order to scale, we will continue to develop new partnerships with police departments and communities nationwide—the demand is high and continues to grow. As our work with police departments expands to new cities and communities ready to come to terms with injustice, we must push on many fronts to ensure that change is broad-based and systemic as well as localized.

This year, we have leveraged our data partnership with Google to develop and deliver the first interactive C4J City Report Dashboard and a "How to Justice" website. The dashboard and website will allow CPE to significantly expand the number of police departments we reach, empowering our law enforcement partners to understand and use their C4J City Report results more effectively than ever before. The companion "How to Justice" site will contain helpful information about our methodology, our analytic framework, and best practices for implementing our recommendations with the involvement of the community and other critical stakeholders.

CPE receives 100% of our financial support from grants and philanthropic contributions.
CPE has earned trust from both police departments and community leaders through our evidenced-based approach and because we don’t accept funds from those we are serving. If the police paid for it, communities might doubt our objectivity. If communities paid for it, we would place an additional burden on already overburdened people. In recent years, CPE has received a number of multi-year investments to help ensure our programmatic goals are met. However, we seek to raise additional funding to continue to build the program delivery systems for this broad-based work and continue to expand the thought leadership for how departments can reduce the harms of biased policing.

CPE has established itself as the leader in the movement to end racial bias in policing in part because police departments and community leaders trust our data and comprehensive approach. Data is critical, but data alone does not tell the story of disparate policing. CPE has led with analyses that allows both police and communities to see the ways in which policing is part of a larger set of concerns they can tackle together. Further, through our ties with both community organizations and each police department we work with, we have been able to engage both sides in what is increasingly a contentious and challenging environment for change.

America’s justice system is so deeply broken that untangling the problems can feel insurmountable. However, through research, data, analysis, and community engagement, CPE has seen measurable improvements in the cities where we have worked with partner police departments. Examples of our impact include: 25% fewer use of force incidents (Pittsburgh, PA); 11% fewer injuries to officers (Las Vegas, NV); 7% decrease in residents who agree that "police officers will treat you differently because of your race/ethnicity.” Across six cities, community perceptions of racial bias, neighborhood safety, and police legitimacy improved over a three-year period with CPE and other interventions. This was the case even for Black community members, usually the most distrustful of law enforcement.

The work that we've already been doing, particularly in creating the National Justice Database and building COMPSTAT for Justice, is absolutely crucial to reduce racism within departments around the country.

And now, as municipalities chart their paths towards new models of public safety, they look to CPE to help do so responsibly. Our evidence-based approach frames how our communities and law enforcement partners might create right-solutioned, right-sized departments without risking increased violence, aggravating racial disparities, or producing other unintended consequences that do not serve communities calling for change.

We help municipalities assess what resources—police or otherwise—are required to address community needs. For the hundreds of cities seeking change, this involves a field scan that compares the services needed by the community with services provided by the police. A subsequent analysis of need and resources gives communities a tool to provide services in a more cost-efficient way that ensures that the emergency responder sent to each crisis has the specific expertise, tools, and training necessary to handle that crisis.

We’ve outlined these steps and shared them publicly so that municipalities across the country can access our Roadmap for Exploring New Models of Funding Public Safety and begin exploring what investing in vulnerable communities might look like.

Through CPE’s work, we help to forge a path towards increased public safety, community trust, and racial equity.

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Board of directors
as of 3/5/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Charles Phillips

Meredith Gamson-Smiedt

Jack Glaser

Kathy O'Toole

Adam Savage

Alicia Garza

Michael Li

Kimberly Bryant

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/17/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data