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This tool maps where complaints about Philly cops happen

Mike Ball, who started working on the project at the BarCamp News Innovation News Hackathon last month and won first place for his preliminary work on it, used the 2009-2012 data that the PAC released in January. Users can sort the complaints by demographics of the complainant, type of complaint and more.

Police complaints filed under "Abuse of Authority" in West Philly.

Map police complaints to the Police Advisory Commission (PAC) on this new app from Comcast Interactive Media software developer Mike Ball. The PAC is a civilian oversight board that hears complaints against officers.

Use the app here.

Ball, a West Philadelphian who started working on the project at the BarCamp News Innovation News Hackathon last month and won first place for his preliminary work on it, used the 2009-2012 data that the PAC released in January. Users can sort the complaints by demographics of the complainant, type of complaint and more.

The police complaints mapped here are a subset of total police complaints. The Philadelphia Police Department receives about 700-800 complaints annually, whereas the PAC receives anywhere between 50-300 complaints annually, according to PAC director Kelvyn Anderson. Anderson is working on getting the Police Department’s Internal Affairs Bureau to release its complaint data.

Anderson said he’ll update the data in early June, and at that point, Ball will update the tool, Ball said.

 

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Juliana Reyes

Juliana Reyes began as lead reporter at Technically Philly in July 2012. Previously, she was a city services beat reporter for the Philadelphia Daily News, as part of a project called “It’s Our Money.” She is learning to drive, learning to bike (in the city) but is an expert at taking SEPTA. She grew up in North Jersey and Manila, Philippines but she left the tropics for Bryn Mawr College, where she majored in linguistics. She now lives in West Philly.

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