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Stop Data Summary: January 1-December 31, 2020

Friday, March 5, 2021

In July 2019, to enhance data collection as part of the NEAR Act, authored by Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie, the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) launched changes to police processes and data systems to allow the collection of more data in discrete fields and enable greater data analysis of police stops. The result of these changes is comprehensive data on all MPD stops. MPD has published two reports based on the data collected—the latest comprehensive report is based on nearly 24 weeks of data (July 22 through December 31, 2019), and contains more information, including types of stops, searches or pat downs, locations, reasons, and demographics. The comprehensive data set is also available to the public on the MPD stop data page. This brief summary will be followed by a report in Summer 2021.

NOTE: The stop data files listed below are for July-December 2020. The stop data from the first half of 2020 can be found on the January 1 – June 30, 2020 summary report page.

DATA NOTE as of 3/31/2021: Updated datasets for the second half of Calendar Year 2020 are included below. This updated data corrects an error in the “stop_time” field for “Ticket Only” stops. In the process of combining non-ticket stop information with ticket information from two separate databases, a formatting error caused the “stop_time” field for “Ticket Only” stops to process incorrectly. The updated data presented below corrects the error in the “stop_time” field for those stops, but does not change any other fields and does not change the “stop_time” field for stops with stop types of “Non-Ticket Stop,” “Ticket and Non-Ticket Stop,” or “Harbor.”


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