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Community Racial Profiling Commission
Established 2004

Meetings

Not less than one meeting per calendar quarter. Please call (916) 808-4515 for upcoming meeting date and location.

History of the Community Racial Profiling Commission

In July 2000, the Sacramento Police Department undertook a comprehensive study of traffic stops to address perceptions of racial profiling. In March 2004, City Council approved the establishment of a formal advisory commission that would provide the City with a greater opportunity to be inclusive and allow for equitable representation, accountability, and reporting from Sacramento residents in this issue of national importance. In November 2004, City Council confirmed fifteen members of the Community Racial Profiling Commission. The Commission held its first meeting in January 2005.

History of Data Collection in Sacramento

In September 1999, then Governor Gray Davis vetoed Senate Bill 78, which would have required California law enforcement agencies to collect demographic information from traffic stops. He then requested that the cities of Los Angeles and Sacramento collect race and ethnicity data to help determine the extent of the practice of racial profiling in California. Sacramento Police Department staff examined the feasibility of the project, and in February 2000, a Police Department proposal was unanimously approved by Sacramento City Council to implement a plan to collect and analyze demographic information related to traffic stops. Data collection began July 1, 2000. The data was analyzed by an independent research institution whose contract expired upon completion of the presentation of the third year report.

The Police Department recognized the importance of responding to the national concern as a practical issue and as a demonstration of its commitment to unbiased policing. The data collection effort continues to be endorsed by the Sacramento City Council and the Sacramento community, at large.

Three reports have been produced that examine the degree of intrusiveness of traffic stops and the extent of disproportionate stops. These reports (traffic stops from July 2000 to June 2001, July 2001 to June 2002, and July 2002 to June 2003) offer conclusions as to whether the stops were indicative of a pattern of racially biased policing.

In March 2006, the City of Sacramento embarked on a new data collection project to analyze data collected after the last study was completed. Results of this study and recommendations can be found below at the link: "Traffic Stop Data Analysis Project of the Sacramento Police Department."

Community Racial Profiling Commission Members


NAME CATEGORY NAME CATEGORY
Leslie Rubalcava Dist. 1 Danette Brown, Chair At-Large
Harry Block Dist. 2 Amina Merritt At-Large
Vacant Dist. 3 Ruth Jackson At-Large
Trisha Stanionis Dist. 4 Vacant At-Large
Ashiya Odeye Dist. 5 Ken Bernard, Vice Chair Standing
Hugo Vera Dist. 6 Dustin Smith, SPOA Standing
Vacant Dist. 7 Francine Tournour, OPSA Standing
Jerome Chapel Dist. 8    

Traffic Stop Data Analysis Project of the Sacramento Police Department Acrobat File

Current Community Racial Profiling Commission Openings

Memo from the Commision Chair to Community Stakeholders

 


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