The Plain View Project, established in the fall of 2017, obtained published rosters of police officers employed by eight jurisdictions across the United States. PVP then searched Facebook for the officers’ names and made a list profiles that appeared to belong to them. Then, they searched within each profile for verification that the user was in fact the officer named on the rosters.
PVP used a number of verification process to confirm that a profile was maintained by an identified police officer. Some users reported specific police departments as their employers; others posted pictures of themselves in uniform. Some discussed making arrests or performing other police duties. When a PVP researcher obtained verification and confirmation for a profile, the researcher captured the screen with the verifying information and added it to PVP’s files.
PVP then compiled a list of “verified” Facebook profiles of police officers for each jurisdiction. They reviewed each public post and comment made by the more than 3500 verified accounts, and assessed whether these posts or comments could undermine public trust and confidence in police. The database available on this website includes images of more than 5000 posts and comments that we believe meet this criterion. On this site, visitors can find posts and comments through a searchable database organized by officer name, rank, badge number, and jurisdiction.
All of the posts and comments that PVP captured were published on Facebook for any member of the public with a Facebook account to see. We nonetheless have redacted the names and images of faces of anyone other than the particular police officer making statements that meet PVP’s criterion. Individuals often include friends and family in their profile pictures; we have redacted those images, so some officers’ profile pictures are unavailable to view.
Each post in this database is linked to a set of metadata. We have collected this metadata from open source police documents, public records requests, and public Facebook posts.
From police departments and open source documentation, we gathered information about police officers’ title, salary, badge number, and employment status (current or former). In some cases, police departments declined to give us this information; accordingly, we have more information for some jurisdictions than others. Please note that this information is current only as of the date it was provided to us. A list of our sources is provided below.
From Facebook, we gathered the date that each post was made, the date that each post was screen-captured, a link to the facebook profile that made the post, and a link to any shared source content (article, video, etc.). Many of these links no longer work. Links to facebook profiles will not work, or will not show the data we screenshot, if a user has deleted facebook or changed their privacy settings since the date of screenshotting. Links to source content from other websites will not work if the source website is no longer active. 
Title and Salary of Dallas Police Officers.
Employment Status and Badge Numbers of Dallas Police Officers
Title, Employment Status, Salary of Philadelphia Police Officers
Badge Numbers of Philadelphia Police Officers
Title, Employment Status, and Salary of Phoenix Police Officers
Title, Employment Status, Salary of St. Louis Metropolitan Police Officers
Title, Employment Status, Badge Numbers of Lake County Sheriff Dept. Officers
Title, Employment Status, Badge Numbers of Denison, TX Police Officers
Title, Employment Status, Badge Numbers of Twin Falls, ID Police Officers
Title, Employment Status, Badge Numbers of York, PA Police Officers
Data Requested: Badge Numbers of Phoenix Police Officers
Statement of Refusal, made 11/01/2018: “If a list of this nature exists, it would not be produced because there is not a foreseeable public benefit that would outweigh privacy issues or misuse of public resources.”
Data Requested: Badge Numbers of St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department
Statement of Refusal, made 11/19/2018: “The DSN numbers (badge numbers) are closed under 610.021(13).” 
 Many of the source websites in our data have gone offline during the tenure of this project. At this time, we have not comprehensively investigated these sites. However, here is a sampling of recently-removed websites whose content was shared by police officers in our data set: americannews.com, worldnewss.com, truthfeednews.com, buzzfeedusa.com, supremepatriot.com, freepatriot.org, theuspatriot.com, freedomdaily.com, constitutionrising.com, libertyfirstnews.com, americanjournalismreview.com, americancolumn.com, americanoverlook.com, tothedeathmedia.com, toprightnews.com, proudcons.com, mrconservative.com. We intend to conduct further research into this source content.
 Section 610.021(13) of the Missouri Revised Statutes, in relevant part, permits the government to close public records that relate to “[i]ndividually identifiable personnel records, performance ratings or records pertaining to employees or applicants for employment, except that this exemption shall not apply to the names, positions, salaries, and lengths of service of officers and employees of public agencies once they are employed as such…”
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