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 Policy.

If a trooper is accused of stopping a motorist without proper grounds, a thorough and objective internal investigation will be conducted.

 

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