OpenOversight VA:The Police Data Project is Virginia's only statewide police transparency database. We maintain data on over 200 police departments and sheriff's offices through public records aggregation, open-source intelligence research, community contributions, and, most of all, hundreds of regular Freedom of Information Act requests.
Created in October 2022 by Alice Minium, Kevin Finity, and Bryan Davis, we are an independent, decentralized, and fully autonomous collective run entirely by dedicated volunteer researchers, digital archivists, data enthusiasts, and others with a passion for police transparency through public records. We were granted 501(C)(3) nonprofit status in May 2023.
We've collected data on over 25,000 sworn law enforcement officers in Virginia, archived over 100 incidents of misconduct and brutality, added over 1,000 photos, and published over 75 full police & sheriff's office policy manuals, some never before released to the public.
Our database will always be free. You can donate here to help us cover FOIA fees and civil litigation. We hope our data is useful to you as you join us in the fight for police transparency across Virginia.
This project was born out of the 2020 George Floyd Uprising in Richmond, VA. It is dedicated to victims of police brutality, those brave enough to share their encounters with police officers, and every officer who "doesn't have a name." Now they do.