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LMPD trying to be more transparent with public through new website

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In October, LMPD created a transparency page that is breaking down police reports and giving people the statistics they may be looking for. In October, LMPD created a transparency page that is breaking down police reports and giving people the statistics they may be looking for.
LMPD Chief Steve Conrad discusses the new transparency website and what it could mean for the public Nov. 17, 2015. LMPD Chief Steve Conrad discusses the new transparency website and what it could mean for the public Nov. 17, 2015.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It's another way to track the crime in our community and it's all available online.

In October, LMPD created a transparency page that is breaking down police reports and giving people the statistics they may be looking for.

“Which is basically the data presented up in a format which is more easy for the average citizen to use,” said Major Robert Schroeder with the Louisville Metro Police Department.

The new page gives statistics on violent crimes we're seeing in Louisville, including murders, robberies, rapes, and assaults. You can even see where the shootings are happening as the numbers are broken down for each neighborhood.

The website gives details about officer-involved shootings, as well as the number of officers assaulted by community members.

You can also track hate crimes, why officers have been investigated and a breakdown of the race of the men and women sworn-in to serve and protect.

“We're just the people who have a responsibility for collecting it and doing the analysis as we use it to inform our enforcement decisions, but this is the community's data. We're giving them access to what is theirs,” said Chief Steve Conrad with LMPD.

LMPD says the page came about after an Open Data Executive Order from the Mayor in 2013.

Mayor Fischer released the following statement:

"My team is committed to increasing the openness and transparency of government, and using data to pinpoint any weaknesses and correct them. At a time in our country of so much distrust and doubt about police, it's important that LMPD shares its data as a way to ensure public confidence and trust."

It's the latest way the agency is trying to be more transparent with the community members.

Earlier this year, officers also started using body cameras. Nearly 800 are used in the community. LMPD hopes the new website gives people a look at exactly what's happening in their neighborhoods and within the police department.

“We firmly believe that the more open we are with the public, the better off we are- the more open we can be,” said Major Schroeder.

There is information that LMPD won't be able to post, including medical records or information involving juveniles.

To see the new transparency page, click here

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