Police Data Challenge

As data collection and analysis become critical tools for policing, law enforcement agencies aren’t just working case by case. Police forces are working with statisticians in crime analyst roles to identify big-picture patterns in the numbers that are as critical as any other clue in the fight to keep communities safe. Together, they are encouraging joint problem solving, innovation, enhanced understanding, and accountability between communities and the law enforcement agencies that serve them.

Now, it’s your turn.

Put your statistical and data visualization skills to work to help create safer communities. Using data available through the Police Data Initiative, you will analyze complex data sets from the Baltimore, Cincinnati and Seattle Police Departments, and recommend innovative solutions to enhance public safety. Although not required, teams may identify and utilize external data sets.

To compete, you must declare your intent via the online form by Friday, Oct. 20.

How Does the Contest Work? 

Teams of 2-5 high school or college undergrad students in the U.S. and Canada can submit an entry. Each team must complete the declaration of intent form by 11:59 PM on Friday, Oct. 20 and must submit their presentation by 11:59 PM EDT on Friday, Nov. 3 to be eligible. Submissions will require a short essay describing the team’s process and presenting their analysis and recommendations via a PowerPoint presentation.

Awards will be given in three categories (1) Best Overall Analysis, (2) Best Visualization, and (3) Best Use of External Data.

View the judging rubric.

Click here to submit your presentation. 

Prizes and Perks 

Winning teams will receive a $50 Amazon gift card, complimentary memberships to ASA, and a Police Data Challenge 2017 t-shirt, along with bragging rights and a chance to have an impact on local communities.  

Winners also will be profiled and promoted to ASA’s membership of leading statisticians and data scientists in academia, industry, business, and government, and through ASA’s public education campaign, ThisisStatistics. Second and third place winners will also be recognized. 

Stay Tuned for Updates 

Stay tuned to This is Statistics for updates and other resources. Who knows—your findings could help shape the future of policing. It all starts with the numbers.

Submit your presentation here. 

Download the complete contest rules and requirements here

Data Sets

Calls For Service

Calls for Service Data 101

  • Baltimore Police Department (for participants from the Eastern Region)
  • Cincinnati Police Department (for participants from the Central Region)
  • Seattle Police Department (for participants from the Western Regions)

Resources for participants

Resources for Educators