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Dayton Introduces Online Police Reform Recommendation Tracker

Major Paul Saunders of the Dayton Police Department speaks at the podium at Dayton City Hall. He explained how to use the transparency portal, an online tool that tracks their police reform process.
Mawa Iqbal
Major Paul Saunders of the Dayton Police Department explains how to use the transparency portal at a press conference Monday morning. The portal will allow residents to keep track of the city's police reform progress.

The City of Dayton unveiled an online tool on Monday for community members to keep track of the city’s police reform efforts.

The transparency portal displays all 142 policy recommendations that came out of the police reform working groups. Viewers can select each recommendation to see how far along the city is in implementing it.

The city created these working groups following George Floyd’s death last year. The groups were made up of nearly 100 community members and city officials. They drafted recommendations on areas like police training, recruitment and oversight.

The portal also shows data on arrests and use of force, including shootings by officers. Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley says transparency is an important part of the reform process.

“All this data is public data,” Whaley said. “If someone requested it, they could wait, as you well know, 10 days to get the data. That's an incredible amount of work just right there. How can we make this data more user friendly for just regular citizens that are interested in this?”

A new implementation committee will now lead the next phase of the city’s police reform efforts. The group will meet until November.

Mawa Iqbal is a reporter for WYSO. Before coming to WYSO, she interned at Kansas City PBS's digital magazine, Flatland. There, her reporting focused on higher education and immigrant communities in the Kansas City area. She studied radio journalism at Mizzou, where she also worked for their local NPR-affiliate station as a reporter.