Friday April 16, 2021

In keeping with its commitment to transparency, the Boston Police Department has released the latest Field Interrogation/Observation (FIO) data, which includes FIO information from January 2020 to December 2020. The release of this data follows the May 8, 2020 release of similar data for FIO reports completed from January 2019 through December 2019.

The Department cautions against the use of simple benchmark comparisons of the racial distribution of Boston residents relative to the racial distribution of FIO subjects for purposes of determining racial disparities in BPD FIO practices. There are many other complicated factors such as neighborhood crime, police deployments, and neighborhood social disadvantage, as well as individual factors such as criminal history and prior interactions that are correlated with the racial distribution of FIO subjects. Determining racial disparities in BPD FIO practices requires careful statistical analyses before any firm conclusions can, or should, be drawn.

 2020 FIO Data Summary:

 In 2020, BPD officers submitted 5,717 FIO reports involving 10,224 individuals.

Since the high of 55,684 individuals subjected to FIO reports in 2008, the number of individual subjects in BPD FIO reports decreased by 81.6% through 2020. The number of individual subjects in BPD FIO reports decreased by 29.2% from 14,444 individuals in 2019 to 10,224 individuals in 2020. See Table 1 and Table 2 below.

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*NOTE: The number and content of records shared here in the preliminary analysis may differ slightly from official data provided on the City Data Portal. These files are extracted from live databases which may have records added or updated at any time. From the completion of this preliminary analysis, entries may have since been corrected or cleaned to ensure the most accurate information is available to the public.

For all current publicly released FIO data, please click on the link below:

https://data.boston.gov/dataset/boston-police-department-fio

For additional information on the BPD’s FIO program and past analysis, please visit the links below:

https://bpdnews.com/news/2014/10/8/boston-police-commissioner-announces-field-interrogation-and-observation-fio-study-results?rq=FIO

https://bpdnews.com/news/2016/1/7/commissioner-evans-continues-efforts-to-increase-transparency-and-accountability-of-policing-activities-to-the-public?rq=FIO

https://bpdnews.com/news/2017/5/23/boston-police-department-releases-latest-field-interrogation-observation-data?rq=FIO

https://bpdnews.com/news/2020/3/13/boston-police-department-releases-latest-field-interrogation-observation-data?rq=fio

https://bpdnews.com/news/2020/5/8/boston-police-department-releases-latest-field-interrogation-observation-data?rq=FIO