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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Police Service Race Based Data Collrction

Wednesday, June 24, 2015     11:52am

  Race Based Data Collection to Continue

(Ottawa) – This month, Ottawa Police reaches the two year anniversary of race based data collection with over 100,000 traffic stops.

The data from this two year period will be provided to the Ontario Human Rights Commission and the York Research Team this summer.  It will be limited to information required for analysis and will not include any personal identifiers of the drivers or officers.

Following a one year data analysis and report writing phase, the York Research Team expects to deliver a report with recommendations next summer.

As reported in the March 2015 project update report<http://www.ottawapolice.ca/en/news-and-community/resources/Projects/Project_Update_Report_Mar2015.pdf> to the Ottawa Police Services Board, officers will continue collecting race data for traffic stops while awaiting the report.

“Ongoing police and community consultation has helped shape the design of this project and will also be critical to ensure there is a local approach to address the final report and recommendations,” said Ottawa Police Inspector Pat Flanagan.

The Traffic Stop Race Data Collection Project is the result of a 2012 agreement reached between the Ontario Human Rights Commission and the Ottawa Police Services Board that requires officers to record their perception of the driver’s race, by observation only, for traffic stops over a two-year period from June 2013 to June 2015.  The York Research Team<http://www.ottawapolice.ca/en/news-and-community/resources/News-York_University_Research_Team.pdf> was hired to assist in the development of the methodology and will be leading the data analysis and report writing phase.

Full information, including the agreement, project updates, and opportunities to stay engaged are available online at ottawapolice.ca/race.