NYCLU creates police department data resource

The New York Civil Liberties Union has launched an online resource to house internal policies and data from police departments across New York.

The “Behind the Badge” information serves to improve transparency and accountability to police-community interactions by providing documents and data from seven departments around the state, according to information

Requests of nearly two dozen public records and analysis of more than 15,600 pages of documents — received in some cases through the help of court orders — revealed that there are few rules policing police across the state, according to an NYCLU press release.

According to a statement from Rochester Police Chief Michael Ciminelli, the Rochester Police Department will review the website and looks forward to a continuing dialogue with the NYCLU.

A preliminary RPD review of the site has found that much of the information in the publication is three to four years old, and some of the published information is outdated or no longer accurate, according to the chief’s office. Current policy documents and updated sworn and civilian employee data is available on the RPD’s Open Data Portal at

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