Public Information - Data

White House Initiative on 21st Century Policing

In 2014, the White House launched the Task Force on 21st Century Policing to identify the best means to provide an effective collaboration within communities that reduces crime and increases trust.  Currently, 129 individual law enforcement agencies have joined this effort.  This past summer, the Vermont State Police became the first state police agency to join this effort, fulfilling in-part its commitment to increase transparency and build trust in today’s data driven culture.

As part of this effort, the Vermont State Police and the Department of Public Safety have developed five data sets specific to VSP activities that will be available on the White House Police Data Initiative website.  The data sets are:

  • VSP Traffic Stop Data 2010 – 2015

  • VSP Traffic Fatalities and Seatbelt Use 2010 – Present

  • VSP DUI Arrests 2013 - Present

  • VSP DUI Arrests with Crash 2013 - Present

  • VSP Officer Involved Shootings – 1977 - Present

The data sets were chosen for their topical nature and potential public interest and impact, and are specific to Vermont State Police law enforcement activity.  The data will be available for public download and examination, and can be analyzed using Socrata, an analysis and visualization tool that allows the user to see data trends over time.  These data sets can also be linked to from the Vermont State Police website.

While this initial effort and collaboration with the White House is exciting, it is part of an ongoing transparency effort at the Vermont State Police, the Department of Public Safety, and Vermont law enforcement in general.  Moving forward, VSP will provide new data sets for analysis, and continue to update the five announced here.  Perhaps more exciting is the collaboration of Vermont law enforcement statewide, with the Vermont Justice Information Sharing System (VJISS). 

The Vermont Justice Information Sharing System is a statewide portal used to share justice information between and among authorized users and systems.  It is designed to promote data-driven justice decisions, as well as enhance the effectiveness of justice policies and practices throughout the State of Vermont.   VJISS provides a suite of statewide data and information sharing tools to justice professionals and other stakeholders in support of more effective strategic, tactical, and operational decisions.

VSP Traffic Stop Data 2010 - 2015: 

During all Vermont State Police roadside stops of motor vehicles, data is collected to record demographic information of the operator and the outcome of the roadside stop.  This data is then entered within the computer aided dispatch (CAD) system which manages all case data for the department.  The roadside stop data can then be extracted and collated to allow for analysis.  The data file at the VSP website contains the raw data of the extraction for the time period of January 1, 2010 through December 2015. The data is searchable in multiple ways, and can be represented by visual dashboards to show trends over time and geography.  Vermont State Police will continue to post raw data annually.

Traffic Stops (table)

Traffic Stops by Agency (graph)

Traffic Stops by Reason (graph)

Traffic Stops by Outcome (graph)

Traffic Stops by Race (graph)

Traffic Stops by Race and Equipment Violations (graph)

Traffic Stops by Race and Moving Violations (graph)

VSP Traffic Incidents with Fatalities 2010 - Present:

The Vermont State Police patrols nearly 90% of Vermont’s roads, and responds to numerous traffic crashes across the state.  Unfortunately, some of these crashes involve fatalities.  The database located here lists all VSP traffic fatality incidents from January 2010 through this year to-date.  The database is derived from Vermont’s Agency of Transportation, which is the repository for all crash reports.  The data is searchable in multiple ways, and can be represented by visual dashboards to show trends over time and geography.  This particular data set is made available in an effort to highlight the dangerous nature of our highways, and that nearly half of all traffic fatalities since 2010 were unbuckled.

Traffic Fatalities (table)

Traffic Fatalities by Circumstances (graph)

Traffic Fatalities by Gender and Seatbelt Use (graph)

Traffic Fatalities Heat Map (map)

VSP Officer Involved Shootings 1977 - Present:

This dataset contains information related to officer involved shootings reported by the Vermont State Police (VSP) between 1977 and the previous year. These data are collected by the VSP investigative unit on a case-by-case basis. This particular dataset is made available in an effort to highlight and address both concerns of officer involved shootings. Should you have questions about this dataset, you may contact Scott Waterman at the Vermont State Police (802-241-5277 | scott.waterman@vermont.gov). 

Officer Involved Shootings (table)

Officer Involved Shootings by Year (graph)

Officer Involved Shootings by Injury Type (graph)

VSP DUI Arrests 2013 - Present:

This dataset contains information related to arrests for driving under the influence as recorded by the Vermont State Police between January 1, 2013 and the present day. These data are extracted from the VSP records management system on a monthly basis. Each record is unique to an individual not an incident, so you may find multiple records with the same incident number in the dataset. This occurs when there is more than one individual associated with an incident. This particular dataset is made available in an effort to enhance the transparency of law enforcement activities in Vermont. Should you have questions about records in this dataset, please contact the specific law enforcement agency as they are each responsible for their own records. 

Arrests for DUI (table)

Arrests for DUI by Year (graph)

Arrests for DUI by County and Gender (graph)

VSP DUI Arrests with Crash 2013 - Present:

This dataset contains information related to arrests for driving under the influence as recorded by the Vermont State Police between January 1, 2013 and the present day. These data are extracted from the VSP records management system on a monthly basis. Each record is unique to an individual not an incident, so you may find multiple records with the same incident number in the dataset. This occurs when there is more than one individual associated with an incident. This particular dataset is made available in an effort to enhance the transparency of law enforcement activities in Vermont. Should you have questions about records in this dataset, please contact the specific law enforcement agency as they are each responsible for their own records. 

Arrests for DUI with Crash (table)

Arrests for DUI with Crash by Year (graph)

Arrests for DUI with Crash by County and Gender (graph)

Using Socrata

Video tutorials from Socrata are avilable to assist in navigating and exploring the data found at data.vermont.gov

Video: Socrata Basics (11:52)
Videos: Socrata Guides (0:24 – 3:27)
Video: Advanced Visualizations (27:06)

Contact Information

Vermont State Police HeadquartersVSP Seal
45 State Drive
Waterbury, VT 05671-1300
M - F / 8am - 4pm
Telephone - 802-241-5260

Please call your nearest VSP Barrack outside of normal business hours.

 

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