Jurisdiction Scorecards

In December 2014, President Barack Obama, through the Department of Justice (DOJ), assembled a team of experts and practitioners in the field to establish the “President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing” (hereinafter “Task Force”). In May 2015, the Task Force submitted its final report to the President with specific recommendations and action items to promote policing practices that effectively reduce crime and also build public trust.

While there are many other academic research entities that have published similar research around community policing, we established our Top 4 Best Practice Community Policing Recommendations based upon themes/recommendations that were commonly identified across all sources (see below):

1. Training, Education, and Engagement
2. Culture of Transparency
3. Institution of Residency Incentive Programs
4. Creation of Law Enforcement (LE) Diversity Initiatives

The complete list of best practice recommendations was developed into a scorecard comprised of eleven (11) total recommendation areas. This scorecard was used to evaluate several policing agencies across the Maryland, District of Columbia, and Northern Virginia areas.

Scorecard evaluation scores range from 0-33, wherein “0” is the lowest total score possible, and “33” is the highest total score possible. Below is the rating system used to evaluate each of the recommendations:

“0” Rating = Does Not Meet Recommendation
Law Enforcement Entity does not have documented policies and/or procedures that support this recommendation.

“1” Rating= Partially Meets Recommendation
Law Enforcement Entity has documented policies and/or Procedures that partially support this recommendation.

“2” Rating= Meets Recommendation
Law Enforcement Entity has documented policies and/or procedures that support this recommendation.

“3” Rating= Exceeds Recommendation
Law Enforcement Entity has documented policies and/or procedures that support this recommendation. The Entity is also a thought leader and/or has demonstrated practices that exceed the best practice baseline.

A total score of “33” indicates that a policing agency earned the highest possible rating (Rating of “3”) across the eleven (11) total recommendations. Each rating is based on the research that we were able to find when exercising due diligence. Some agencies did not have any information available for the public to review at the time that the research was conducted, resulting in a scorecard evaluation of “0”. We also acknowledge that some agencies may have information that is available to the public that has been updated since conducting the evaluation or that we were unable to find. In either case, this resulted in a score of “0”.

To view scorecard evaluations, simply click on the name of the policing agency that you would like to review.