OpenOversight is a Lucy Parsons Labs project to improve police accountability using public and crowdsourced data. We maintain databases of police officers in several cities, providing digital galleries that make identifying police officers easier for the public, including for the purpose of complaints.
This project is a direct response to the failure of leaders in local governments to implement systems that effectively and safely allow the public to identify and report problematic police officers.
It is the first project of its kind in the United States, and was first implemented in Chicago in October 2016. In fall 2017, OpenOversight launched in the East Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area.
OpenOversight is released as free and open source software so others can launch similar police accountability projects in their own cities. The software is available for download and collaborative development on GitHub.
LegalA note to Illinois law enforcement
Illinois: This project does not perform facial recognition and is thus in compliance with the Biometric Information Privacy Act. Requests or questions regarding this project from those affiliated with law enforcement must be directed to our legal representation at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For media inquiries about OpenOversight, please email email@example.com. For general inquiries about the project, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. For Chicago specific questions, please use email@example.com and for East Bay questions, please use firstname.lastname@example.org.