New Transparency for Stop-And-Frisk in Newark
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Newark police have overhauled the city's stop-and-frisk policy -- making details of the program public in a move a civil liberties group says makes it one of the most transparent in the country.
Newark Police officers will now be required to record the age, gender, and race of each person they stop - as well as the reason for the stop. The order establishing the new policy came down Tuesday from the city's police director.
Udi Ofer with the ACLU of New Jersey says 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 says the collected data will include information about whether the people who are stopped speak English and if they are immigrants or students. "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."
The data will be released on Newark's web site in monthly reports. In New York, the NYPD releases its stop-and-frisk data every three months.
The new policy was requested by the ACLU, and supported by Mayor Cory Booker.