GGE Analyzes Data On Police Activity In Schools During the Pandemic

Every quarter, the New York City Police Department (NYPD) is required to release data to the public on police interventions in New York City public schools (Local Law 2015/093). From April 1 to December 31, 2020, when school buildings were atypically empty due to remote and blended learning, with some operating as meal distribution sites or Regional Enrichment Centers, there were, alarmingly, 143 police interventions targeting young people reported.

The data includes 92 unique locations, the majority of which were high schools or high school campuses. Given 26% of interventions were “child in crisis” removals, the data raises questions about the role of policing in school buildings operating as resource hubs during a majority-remote learning context, as well as ensuring young people utilizing Learning Bridges have access to care.

Read the data brief here.