By Lori Carter, July 1,2020, Press Democrat.
Santa Rosa police will begin collecting demographic data on people its officers stop earlier than state law requires in an effort to quantify and ultimately prevent racial profiling.
Chief Ray Navarro said Wednesday the department is working to begin gathering certain demographic details about pedestrian and traffic stops by 2021, one year earlier than required by the state Racial and Identity Profiling Act.
The law, passed in 2015, gave smaller departments like Santa Rosa time to lay the groundwork for such data collection. Santa Rosa is required to begin collecting the information by 2022 and reporting the findings to the state in 2023.