A National Stop Data Guidebook
As a growing number of law enforcement officials have recognized, there is a pressing need for more and better data on policing to guide policymaking, promote transparency and accountability, and identify and address the instances of bias where they arise. To that end, the California state legislature recently passed a bill requiring all law enforcement agencies in the state to collect and report to the California Attorney General's (CAAG) Office demographic and other data on all stops conducted by officers in the state. The law instructs CAAG to develop guidelines and technical specifications to guide law enforcement agencies in complying with the new requirements.
Yet, while requiring law enforcement to be transparent, it is essential that law enforcement agencies be given the resources and guidance necessary to collect, analyze, and report their data in meaningful ways.
The Policing Project is working in partnership with the Center for Policing Equity to develop a set of best practices for the collection, analysis, and reporting of stop data for the California Department of Justice -- with the ultimate goal of developing a guidebook for use by law enforcement agencies in both California and nationwide.
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