SAN FRANCISCO – The California Racial and Identity Profiling Advisory Board (Board) released a new video this week highlighting the integrity of stop data collected under the Racial and Identity Profiling Act of 2015 (RIPA). Under the law, by January 1, 2022, nearly all law enforcement agencies in California will be required to collect detailed information regarding stops and searches, including data on perceived demographics. The video describes some of the steps law enforcement are taking to ensure the data is complete and accurate. It also outlines the impact community organizations and educational institutions hope the data will have on efforts to tackle racial profiling in California. On April 1, 2019, eight of the largest law enforcement agencies in the state provided the California Department of Justice with data collected since July 1, 2018. This first wave of data represents more than 1.8 million interactions between peace officers and the public.
“In many Board meetings, members of the public expressed concern with how the integrity of the data was being maintained,” said Co-Chair of the Board and Executive Director of Alliance San Dieg