(WLNS) – Lansing Police Department has been a part of the Traffic Stop Study fro 15 years now, to ensure there is no racial profiling going on during traffic stops.
It’s a systemic issue many Police Departments across the country have been accused of: racial profiling.
“People want to know that their Police Department is professional, that they’re treating people with dignity and respect,” Chief Mike Yankowski with the Lansing Police Department said.
The report released today by two Michigan State Criminal justice Professors analyzed driver demographics, circumstances and outcomes of each traffic stop.
“There is no bias policing going on here at the Lansing Police Department,” Yankowski said.
Darrel Dawsey with the ACLU of Michigan issued a statement about the problem of racial profiling with Police, and how this study is a step in the right direction.
“Racial profiling among law enforcement remains a grave problem in Michigan and has fueled deep resentment and mistrust, especially in communities of color. Any serious attempts to improve Police/Community relations and end racial profiling must include willingness by law enforcement to critically examine its policies, practices and culture,” Dawsey said.
“Let’s take an honest look at the behavior at the philosophies of our officers,” Yankowski said.
Chief Yankowski says the clean record on traffic stops is only one step Lansing Police have taken towards a fair and balanced Police force.
“We’ve also provided additional training for our officers, so we brought in what we call fair impartial policing that spoke about implicit bias,” Yankowski said.
The study shows the community their dedication to being a non-biased force.
“We value trust and partnership with our community,” Yankowski said.
The study analyzed 12 months of traffic stops by Lansing officers, the latest report includes more than 10,000 stops from February 2015 through February 2016.