In launching Oakland Police Beat, Oakland Local is taking on a project that has never been done before–using data journalism and investigative reporting to provide in-depth information and analysis on police accountability. Our project, 18 months in the making, is an independent, data-driven investigative journalism project covering the Oakland Police Department. We used primary source documents, original reporting and data-visualization and coding tools to build one of the first comprehensive public resources on police accountability and officer behaviors.

The new site offers:
Searchable, open source databases of public records, including civil cases brought against the Oakland police, case outcomes and settlements, information on awards made, information on officers, and case outcomes.
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Articles based on the data, include the following stories: 

Oakland Police Beat: Investigative Reporting & Data Journalism In The Service Of Transparency, Accountability In Oakland 

We will publish new stories every Tuesday and Thursday, with the next update April 8th.
Heartfelt thanks to The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation and The Fund for Investigative Journalism and their judges and boards, for the support that made this project possible. 


About The Author

Susan Mernit is editor & publisher of Oakland Local ( a news & community hub for Oakland, CA. A former VP at AOL & Netscape, & former! Yahoo Senior Director, Mernit was consulting program manager for The Knight News Challenge, 2008-09; was a 2012 Stanford Carlos McClatchy Fellow; and is a board adviser to The Center for Health Reporting at USC, Annenberg School of Journalism. She has consulted with many non-profit organizations on strategy, product development and social media/engagement, including, TechSoup Global, Public Radio International and the Institute for Policy Studies/Economic Hardship Reporting Project, led by Barbara Ehrenreich.

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