VENTURA, Calif. - The Ventura County Sheriff's Office unveiled a new tool that allows the public to see and have a better understanding of the contact deputies have with the public on a daily basis.
Members of the community can now log in and get information on the deputies' line of work throughout the county.
“We have had a lot of questions about what we do and why we do it and we are hoping that this tool is something that answers those questions,” said Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub.
The Ventura County Sheriff's Department launched the new dashboards to improve transparency to the public. The dashboards contain information about traffic stops, crime statistics, use of force, and data collected under the Racial and Identity Profiling Act of 2015. All of the dashboards contain detailed information for each community in the county. The Use-Of-Force data contains a breakdown of the types of force used, and includes information on every officer-involved shooting since 1965.
“It is really important for a large segment of the community that often ask questions based on maybe a national narrative, or on information that circles around the community that may or may not be true - we want to communicate with the public with factual information,” said Ayub.
The dashboard launched earlier this week and is the first to be used throughout the county.
“We have studied dashboards that several other agencies around the county use and in my opinion these are the most detailed, most interactive and most useful dash board of any that I have seen,” said Ayub.
Any member of the public can log to access this data.
“We expect to hear feedback from the public on things like why don’t you have this displayed, can you make it so we can see this information. We expect those comments to come in, we hope they do come in,” said Ayub.
The new dashboards are available for public use on the sheriff’s website, located here.