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Monday, January 30, 2023

In July 2019, the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) and the Department of Motor Vehicles launched new data systems and related policy and training to allow the collection of more data in discrete fields and enable greater data analysis of police stops. Transparency around this information is critically important to public trust. MPD is committed to ensuring that each police stop meets its high standards for fair and constitutional policing and demonstrates respect for the individual stopped.

In October 2022 several fields were added to the dataset to provide additional clarity differentiating NOIs issued to bicycles (including Personal Mobility Devices, aka stand-on scooters), pedestrians, and vehicles as well as stops related specifically to MPD’s Harbor Patrol Unit and stops of an investigative nature where a police report was written. Please refer to the Data Dictionary for field definitions.

As you review this data, we ask readers to recognize there are limits to what questions can be answered with just this data set.

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