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Data Acquisition Specialist 

About the Organization As a research and action organization, Center for Policing Equity (CPE) produces analyses identifying and reducing the causes of racial disparities in public safety. Using data-driven approaches to social justice, we use science to create levers for social, cultural, and policy change.

We are research scientists, race and equity experts, data virtuosos, and community trainers. We use data to build a more fair and just system. We partner with law enforcement and communities. Our aim is to bridge the divide of communication, generational mistrust, and suffering. But most of all, we are the path that science can forge towards public safety, community trust, and racial equity.

Location Remote  
Close Date  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  

Position Description

The Center for Policing Equity is looking for a skilled Data Acquisition Specialist (DAS) with a passion for social justice. This is a remote position that will require regular travel to law enforcement agencies and public safety-related conferences.

The DAS will acquire police data from law enforcement agencies participating in the National Justice Database (NJD) and other CPE projects, including but not limited to: Justice Navigator Assessments (JNAs), data quality assessments, and strategic partnerships.

The NJD is the nation's first and largest collection of standardized police behavior data (e.g., vehicle stops, pedestrian stops, use of force, etc.). The DAS will work directly with law enforcement personnel to request, receive, review, and prepare data for analysis. The DAS also work closely with CPE technical data staff to ensure the data intake processes align with data operations priorities, including implementing on data quality assurance, organization-wide knowledge management, and metadata collection processes. Leveraging data collected through the NJD, CPE provides JNAs and other data-driven products to participating departments.

The DAS reports directly to the Law Enforcement Initiatives (LEI) Data Acquisition Manager.

Key Responsibilities

  • Work with partnering law enforcement agencies' data contacts through regular email, meetings, and phone correspondence to gather the best available police data for CPE projects and research.
  • Assist law enforcement data contacts with understanding and extracting the data requested by CPE.
  • Review law enforcement agency data to identify missingness, inconsistency, data interlink-ability, and other needed points of clarification.
  • Record contextual information about policing data sets to bolster CPE analyses and research.
  • Track the status of data sets requested and received from law enforcement partners. Detail the variables, received or not received, in provided data sets through the Salesforce system.
  • Utilize encrypted file-sharing systems to securely collect and store provided data.
  • Report back to agency data contacts and leadership regarding data quality and its applicability to CPE's Justice Navigator analyses or other CPE data-driven products.
  • Build and present Data Gap Analyses (DGAs) for law enforcement agencies to inform them of strengths and areas of opportunity regarding the data provided to CPE.
  • Attend JNA presentations and other relevant product rollouts to communicate data-related context, as needed.
  • Provide CPE analysts and researchers with context about law enforcement provided data.
  • Assist CPE Implementation Specialists, and their assigned agencies, in using policing data to inform solutions to reduce disparities.
  • Participate in site visits with partner agencies to learn more about law enforcement data collection and extraction, as well as to inform agencies on how to improve current data collection practices.
  • Utilize Asana to plan and track all current and future work.
  • Help the LEI team make data-informed decisions regarding internal procedures.
  • Learn and grow through regular professional development and conference attendance, emphasizing continual holistic learning.
  • Work across verticals within the organization, primarily concerning policing data collection and clarification, as requested.
  • Develop and use data-driven metrics from a variety of sources to propose and improve Data Acquisition processes.


  • Positive, data-driven attitude about public safety transformation.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to present and communicate with internal CPE stakeholders, communities, and law enforcement agencies.
  • 1-2 years of experience using and reviewing tabular data.
  • Proficiency in the Google Suite.
  • Intermediate Microsoft Excel skills are preferred, though not required.
  • Exacting attention to detail in time management, documentation, and data review.
  • Bachelor's degree or experience in a related field.
  • Previous experience with policing data and/or Records Management Systems (RMS), Computer-Aided Dispatch (CAD) systems, or Internal Affairs platforms is desirable, though not required.
  • Ability and desire to work both individually and in a team setting.

Application Submission Guidelines

Please submit the following materials to apply:

  • Resume/CV
  • Cover Letter

Please be sure to label each PDF file by including your name. For example, your submitted CV should be labeled, 'LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME.CV.pdf.'

EOE Statement The Center for Policing Equity strives to build a diverse team that is inclusive of multiple perspectives and welcoming for people of all backgrounds. Women and members of underrepresented communities are especially encouraged to apply.  

This position is currently accepting applications.

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