Nevada police to start compiling racial profiling info
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) – Attorney General Frankie Sue Del Papa has distributed to Nevada law enforcement agencies the forms that Nevada police will begin using next week to compile racial profiling information.
The Nevada Highway Patrol, Las Vegas Metro Police, Washoe County sheriff’s office and police departments in Reno, Sparks, North Las Vegas, Henderson, Boulder City and Mesquite will begin collecting data Sept. 1 in preparation for a 12-month study beginning Jan. 1.
The 2001 state Legislature called for the study after allegations of bias by police officers across the state.
Statistics are scheduled to be drawn from the pilot program in December. A formal report based on the 2002 study is due to the state Legislature on Feb. 1, 2003.
The attorney general has said the report will also include comments from individuals and community groups. She said interested groups can address questions or comments to one of the local law enforcement agencies or to the attorney general’s office.
While fast-growing southern Nevada police agencies have seen some problems, other departments, including the Reno Police Department, also have been the target of complaints by some minority groups.
The form requires information about the location, date and reason for a traffic stop, along with data about the sex, race and age of the driver.
It also requires information about arrests, searches, property seizures and any special circumstances surrounding the stop.
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