Local police take part in racial profiling study
WCLO's Steve Benton reports local police departments will be helping gather data for a state report on racial profiling.
BELOIT Law enforcement agencies across the state are helping legislators do a study on racial profiling by submitting information from traffic stops into a state data system.
The legislature asked for the information through legislation passed in the 2009 state budget called the "traffic stop data collection" effort.
Beloit Police Chief Norm Jacobs says officers are to make a note of the race of persons in the vehicles and include it in their reports which are submitted to the state through the "badger tracks" software.
Janesville Deputy Chief John Olson says officers will have a little extra work due to the mandate. Jacobs says Beloit officers received special training because of the sensitive nature of the issue and due to the higher ratio of minorities living in Beloit.
The information will be analyzed and made available by July 1st, 2012.