DENVER (CBS4)– Police in Denver will soon collect racial data from some traffic and pedestrian stops. That information will be used to look for any biased policing within the department.
Denver Police Chief Robert White said there is no definitive plan on how the information will be collected but hopes to have a policy in place by the end of the year.READ MORE: Denver Weather: After The Coldest Morning In 4 Months, A Big Warmup Is Coming
White described how the data collection would work at a news conference on Monday morning. He said information like race and gender would likely be collected from traffic and pedestrian stops, specifically those with a suspicious element to them.READ MORE: Montbello Family Mourns The Loss Of 2 Parents In Deadly Crash In Aurora
“It needs to be something that can be done through technology, so the officer can makes the traffic stop will simply be able to get back in his car and hopefully through his computer click the box to say, ‘This is where I made the stop, this is why the stop was made, this is the race of the individual, this is how long the stop took.’ Something along those lines,” said White.MORE NEWS: Denver Deputy Quits Over Vaccine Mandate, Says It 'Was The Last Straw'
White said given the current climate, this type of information is more important than ever when it comes to community accountability.