Ottawa Cops Strive Towards Bias Free Policing

(OTTAWA, ON) – An update to the Ottawa Police Services Board on the Traffic Stop Race Data Collection Project reports that the study continues to be on track and progressing well. The report, will be considered by the Board on Monday evening.

Officers have already conducted over 60,000 stops since the race based data collection began in June 2013; a number that compares with annual traffic stops for previous periods.   

The Ottawa Police Service, Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC), and the York Research Team are in agreement that the project has made significant progress to date.

“Through this project, the police service can continue its commitment to bias free policing and have meaningful dialogue about racial profiling concerns,” said Ottawa Police Inspector Pat Flanagan, who is responsible for the project. “It’s about building a project that will produce accurate, meaningful and measurable data, and more importantly, have the confidence of our members and the communities we serve.” 

The OPS continues to work closely with the OHRC and the York Research Team to build this project with community input.  The data will be made available at the conclusion of the two-year project in 2015. 

The Traffic Stop Race Data Collection Project is the result of an agreement between the Ontario Human Rights Commission and the Ottawa Police Services Board.  Officers record their perception of driver race, by observation only, at traffic stops for a two-year period.   

The largest study of its kind in Canada, the OHRC and the OPS believe that race-based data collection is an important tool to support bias-neutral policing services.  Full information, updates and opportunities to stay engaged are available online.

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1 Comment on "Ottawa Cops Strive Towards Bias Free Policing"

  1. A true person would merely record their observation as, “human’!

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