NEW DATA COLLECTION AND REVIEW PROCESS SET
UP TO LIMIT ILLEGAL AND UNCONSTITUTIONAL TRAFFIC ACTIONS
BY MICHIGAN STATE POLICE TROOPERS
(Lansing - January 19, 2018) - Beginning on January 1, 2017, the
Michigan State Police Department enhanced its ability to capture demographic
data of persons encountered during traffic stops.
This was done so the
State Police leadership could have the most accurate data possible to help
determine who troopers were interacting with during their daily patrols. When
the department implemented this more detailed data collection, the intention was
to allow for supervisors and commanders to have more precise data to review
should questions arise about suspected misconduct. Further, a pro-active
assessment of the data was also planned, but has yet to commence. This
assessment will be conducted in the near future and once complete will be
available for public review.
It must be emphasized that stopping
motorists without proper grounds or using race to select whom a trooper stops is
in direct violation of the Michigan State Police Code of Conduct, the Michigan
State Police Community Relations Policy, Official Order 12 - Recognizing and
Reporting Discriminatory Harassment and Civil Rights Violations Involving
Department Members, and the Michigan State Police Discriminatory Harassment
If a trooper is accused of stopping a motorist without proper
grounds, a thorough and objective internal investigation will be conducted.