The Chattanooga Police Department's Communications Office serves as a central source of information for release by the department and responds to requests for information by the news media and the community.
The Communications Office consists of one civilian (Communications Coordinator) and one sworn police officer (Police Information Officer). The office releases information on aggravated assaults with a weapon, bank robberies, homicides, SWAT call-outs, officer involved shootings, and any other high profile incidents as dictated by protocol.
All Communications personnel work with media on a daily basis, respond to requests from the public and participate in writing news releases. Additionally, the Communications Coordinator provides media relations training for CPD officers, internal communications for department employees, and content management for the Chattanooga Police Department's website and social media platforms.
For active crime scenes: The civilian and/or sworn personnel will identify a sworn commanding officer to provide on-camera, phone and radio interviews to media outlets who request them.
For interview requests, non-active incident: The Communications Office hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. All interview requests should be submitted before 3:00 p.m.
Office Number: 423-643-5707
The CPD Pressboard
The Pressboard Report is a list of criminal incidents - including the report narative - the cooresponding narrative that occured during a specific time period.
Police Data Initiative
In May of 2014, Mayor Andy Berke signed an executive order establishing an Open Data Policy for the City of Chattanooga. Since that time, the City has taken a number of steps as directed by Mayor Berke's order, including creating an open data portal as well as participating in the White House's Police Data Initiative.
Last year the White House launched the Police Data Initiative. Since that time, the initiative has mobilized 53 leading jurisdictions across the country to take fast action on concrete deliverables responding to the White House's 21st Century Policing Task Force recommendations in the area of data and technology.
Through this effort, the City is responding first to the White House's 21st Century Policing Task Force recommendations within two streams of work:
- Using open data to increase transparency, build community trust, and support innovation
- Better using technology such as early warning systems to identify problems, increase internal accountability, and decrease inappropriate uses of force
The City of Chattanooga currently provides data through the Chattanooga Open Data Portal. This is a public site developed by the City and allows community members to examine information on police incident reports dating back to 2005, traffic citation information and 911 calls for service.
Click the PDI Public Safety Open Dataset below you would like to review:
Additional Public Information:
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