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Newark Stop and Frisk Policy Aims for Transparency

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Newark Police officers are now be required to record the age, gender, race and the circumstances surrounding each stop conducted in the city.

The order establishing the new policy was issued Tuesday by Newark Police Director Samuel DeMaio.

Similar information is collected and released by the NYPD, but Udi Ofer with the ACLU of New Jersey said Newark's policy goes further because it will also record whether the individuals stopped are students, immigrants or non-English speakers.

"It also captures information that will allow the public to determine whether immigrant communities are being inappropriately targeted and the impact of stop and frisk on student populations," Ofer said.

The data, which will include whether the stop resulted in an arrest or a summons and explanations for each stop, will be released in monthly reports on Newark's Web site. The NYPD releases its stop and frisk data every three months.

Ofer said the increased transparency could help repair relations between the community and the police department.

"That will allow for community members to be more willing to participate in criminal investigations, be more willing to call the police if they're victims of a crime, be more willing to participate as witnesses if they witnessed a crime," Ofer said.

The new policy was requested by the ACLU, and supported by Mayor Cory Booker. 

Newark Police Department General Order on Stop and Frisk

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