Suffolk P.D.: Racial profiling not a problem

Two years after Suffolk police instituted a program to help prevent racial profiling at traffic stops, data collected shows stops are not racially motivated, police say. The Suffolk County Police Department

News 12 Staff

Aug 6, 2008, 11:04 PM

Updated 5,829 days ago

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Two years after Suffolk police instituted a program to help prevent racial profiling at traffic stops, data collected shows stops are not racially motivated, police say.
The Suffolk County Police Department released its report on traffic stops made by its highway patrol officers Wednesday. The report states 71 percent of the drivers stopped between November of 2006 and April of 2008 were white, 12 percent were Hispanic, 10 percent were black, 3 percent were Middle Eastern and 2 percent were Asian.
"It's not good enough in the police business to say that we don't racially profile,? Suffolk County Police Commissioner Richard Dormer told News 12 Long Island. ?You have to be able to prove it."
The review did show several officers, out of 83, did have higher or lower odds of issuing summonses to drivers based on their races. Officials say those statistics will be reviewed.
Some residents say they don?t believe the department?s assessment and that racial profiling by police happens everywhere.
The data-collection program is being expanded from the highway department to the entire police district. All precinct personnel will receive training in accordance with the program.
Dormer says two complaints of racial profiling have been made against the county within the last year. He says they were both unfounded.
The commissioner also says the data will be reviewed by independent analysts.


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