Police make fewer stops after review

Traffic stops by Kalamazoo police have decreased in the six months since the release of a study that found officers were more than twice as likely to stop black motorists as they were to stop white ones, officials said.
AP Wire
Mar 4, 2014

Chief Jeff Hadley said he attributes the drop since September 2013 to the study, which has led to changes in patrol philosophy and strategies. Hadley said effectiveness shouldn't be measured by the number of stops.

"The traffic stop is a tool that we have in our toolbox. But is this the best way to approach crime in our city?" Hadley said. "To go out in any neighborhood and make an abundant number of traffic stops in an effort to find drugs or weapons, we have rethought that idea."

Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety officers made 3,841 stops between September and January, compared with 7,298 from September 2012 to January 2013.

Hadley said in September that he planned to use the study's recommendations to make changes. The study also found that black motorists were given fewer citations yet were more likely than whites to be asked to exit their vehicles and to be searched, handcuffed and arrested.

Since then, Hadley said the department is focusing more on directed patrols where officers target a neighborhood or area that is experiencing high levels of crime or traffic problems. Directed patrols increased to 7,060 between September and January from 5,072 for that period a year earlier.

The department, meanwhile, this month is implementing a policy for when officers can search drivers or cars following stops.

The study was done at the request of the city's Citizens Public Safety Review and Appeals board. It was a voluntary move, but there had been past complaints. About 22 percent of Kalamazoo's residents are black, according to figures from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Comments

horst

This all means "SQUAT" Is crime going down???? If "NOT" then the lack of stops is a failure!!!!!

bigdeal

gee, let me do the search for you!!

http://www.city-data.com/crime/c...

looks like something they're doing is working to take care of your 'squat'.

LIAMD

Amen

deuce liti

This article doesn't mention the race of the police which I believe would be a significant factor.

Real estate maven

Let the police do their jobs.

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