Policing and Data Innovation

Policing and Data Innovation

client Local Police Departments instructors Ralph Richard BanksJennifer Eberhardt
deliverables Written Reports; Oral Briefing of Client number of students students (Law)
deadline TBD quarters offered Spring


Taught by Richard Banks and Jennifer Eberhardt. This course will place students in projects with a local Police Department. Each student will work as part of a team that will communicate and work directly with Department officials. The projects will focus on one of three areas where the Department seeks to improve its operations. One project will examine ways the Department might better elicit and receive feedback from community members. Another project will examine how the Department might better use the information from the stop data forms that its officers complete. A third project will consider the use of body worn cameras. Each student team will produce a written report and present its findings to Department officials.

Most practicums require the consent of the instructor to register. Consent forms are located here on the Registrar’s Course Schedule.

Clients & Deliverables


  • Oakland Police Department


  • Policy report
  • Oral Briefing of Client

This course placed students in projects with a local police department. Each student worked as part of a team directly with department officials focusing on at least one of three areas where the department seeks to improve its operations: (1) methods to elicit and receive community feedback; (2) suggestions for more efficient uses of officers’ “stop data” information; and (3) fuller understanding of the impact and effectiveness of body worn cameras.