September 15, 2016 (MINNEAPOLIS) Starting today, Minneapolis Police Officers will begin tracking demographic data, including race and gender (including Gender Non-Conforming), when conducting suspicious vehicle stops, suspicious person stops, and traffic stops. After collecting input from community members and officers, the MPD has added a mechanism in its squad car computers requiring officers to enter the demographic data of the individual involved in the interaction and the basis for that interaction before they can clear the call. Demographic information will also be tracked on calls involving truancy, curfew and attempted pick-ups for individuals wanted for criminal activity.
“In the interest of transparency, we will be analyzing and publicly releasing this data quarterly. The goal is to provide more information and context to data sets that community members may be interested in. Capturing this information will not only increase our Department’s procedural justice efforts, we hope it will further increase and promote trust and legitimacy with the communities we serve,” Chief Janeé Harteau said.
The change comes after many conversations that included, but were not exclusive to, the Police Conduct Oversight Commission, the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota, the Chief’s Citizens Advisory Council and the Minneapolis Police Federation. The data that will be gathered by officers will not only include demographic information and the basis for the interaction, it will also include whether a search was conducted and what demographic information was provided by 9-1-1 callers to dispatchers.