The Contacts data set includes information from our records system regarding the demographic breakdown of both the community members that interact with the police and the demographic breakdown of the police themselves. The set also describes the type of cases involved in the contact as well as the role of the community member involved. Along with reports or cases we have investigated, the data also includes citations (traffic and non-traffic) as well as arrests.

Data Set Information

About the Contacts Data

The contacts data includes all reports and cases, as well as data from citations (traffic and non-traffic) as well as arrests. 

This is not a complete list of every person with whom the department has contact. We do not have the capability to generate a report that counts each and every time we interact with a member of the community. Some contacts are informal, others are educational, and some are performed by non-uniformed or non-commissioned personnel. We are able to consistently track, however, those contacts that result in an official disposition. All of that information is presented here.

What information does the Contacts data set provide?

This data set is intended to fulfill one of the fundamental elements of the Police Data Initiative. We have found that it is difficult to set an arbitrary report period as not all incidents are reported right away. That means an investigation may be started contemporaneously with an incident, or it may not be started for weeks, months or even years later – depending upon when it is reported. Therefore, we have decided to start with January 1, 2016 and report quarterly on the investigations that have been initiated year-to-date. That way we will not leave an incident out.

The information contained in these files, along with other data sets, may provide researchers with valuable insight that can move beyond subjective or anecdotal claims involving the use of force by the Norman Police Department. We hope that it will also help us with identifying training needs or policy modifications to help ensure the highest level of police services.

Terms Used

CaseID: This is the unique identification number for each contact. There may be more than one offense involved in an contact. There may also be more than one officer or citizen involved in an contact. As a result, the identifier, while unique to a contact, may be used more than once in relation to different offenses and individuals involved in that contact.

Report/Ticket/Arrest Date: This is the date the contact was initiated.

TicketType: This describes whether the contact resulted in a citation or warning.

ArrestType: This describes whether an arrest, or other form of custody, was made immediately (“On-View”) or a warrant/summons was requested.

Officer Race/Gender/Age: This is the demographic information for the officer(s) involved in the contact.

UCR Code: The “UCR” or Uniform Crime Reporting code this is a standardized criminal reporting code designed to meet the need for reliable uniform crime statistics across the nation. While it has long been a requirement to collect and report this information to the FBI, we have never before associate police and community member demographics to the data.

Statute: The state statute or city ordinance involved in the contact. This may include a standardized abbreviation where a criminal violation is not involved.

Description: This usually presents the title of the ordinance or statute or, where a criminal violation is not involved, we provide a standardized narrative.

Subject Role/Race/Gender/Age: The involvement of the community members involved in the contact and their associated demographics.

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