Free, public data on security forces
WhoWasInCommand is our free to use, public database of security force units and organizational structure, command personnel and areas of operation
WhoWasInCommand is our free to use, public database of security force units and organizational structure, command personnel and areas of operation.
By using it, you can answer key questions about the structure, behaviour and people in charge of security forces like the police and army:
- Who is in charge of the specialized anti-riot police unit?
- What army unit has jurisdiction over what areas and for how long?
- Where did this commander previously serve, and where did they go next?
- When was a particular police unit based in a specific city?
- What allegations have civil society groups made against a unit or commander?
Key Features of WhoWasInCommand.com
Our unit dossiers cover unit names and aliases, command personnel, superior and subordinate units, areas of operation, and physical infrastructure like bases and camps. They also cover membership in operations and peacekeeping missions.
Chains of command
Linking data on commander personnel and organizational structure, WhoWasInCommand creates organigrams that shed light on possible chains of command.
Commander career histories
WhoWasInCommand shows all publicly known postings for command personnel, including their duration, and the ranks, roles and official title they have held.
Integrates human rights reporting
Where available, we have included direct allegations of human rights violations made against persons and units by human rights organizations.
Completely transparent sourcing
You can check our work. Every datapoint on WhoWasInCommand is supported by one more online sources, all of which are archived and accessible to users.
Fast, powerful search
WhoWasInCommand is built around powerful and familiar search, filter and sorting features. Filter your search results for time, place, branch of security forces and many other details.
Take our data home
Need to use our data in your work? Search results, person and unit records can be downloaded along with their sources.
Use it in your language
WhoWasInCommand currently works in English and Spanish, and can be translated to work in any language.
WhoWasInCommand also hosts background papers on the security forces of each country covered. Our comprehensive Research Handbook is integrated into WhoWasInCommand, providing guidance on the meaning of each field, our data model, and how we create data . The software that powers WhoWasInCommand is also purpose-built, Free and Open Source Software (FOSS).