A program is being launched by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) that will maintain tabs on the shootings that involve police officers, and other uses of deadly force throughout the United States. This program will begin next year.
The pilot program was announced by the U.S. Department of Justice on Thursday. Loretta E. Lynch, U.S. Attorney General stated, “Accurate and comprehensive data on the use of force by law enforcement is essential to an informed and productive discussion about community-police relations. The initiatives we are announcing today are vital efforts toward increasing transparency and building trust between law enforcement and the communities we serve. The Department of Justice will continue to work alongside our local, state, tribal, and federal partners to ensure that we put in place a system to collect data that is comprehensive, useful and responsive to the needs of the communities we serve.”
With President Barack Obama’s administration attempting to improve their understanding of the officer-involved shootings that are occurring throughout the U.S., it was necessary to bring on a better effort to track potential lethal police tactics. Last week was the first that the plan’s details were unveiled by the FBI.
In an effort to collect a widespread of data, four initiatives have been noted by Justice Officials. The initiatives involve reporting and compliance for deaths in the 2014 Custody Reporting Act, collecting data, and the White House’s Police Data Initiative, which is an effort to facilitate transparency among various police departments.
Last year is when the FBI initially began collecting data throughout the nation. A direct result of Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing is the new program that will be fully operational this coming year.