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That annual report, which came out last month, was just one piece the department is using to analyze its disparity index in regard to policing. Columbia Police Chief Geoff Jones commissioned a study from University of Missouri researchers to look at the department's vehicle stops data and provide suggestions on how it can address disparities. The MU report, looking at stop data fromwas presented to the police last week, Jones said Monday.
The department is reviewing the findings, he said.
The independent report was crafted by researchers with the university's sociology department, Truman School of Public Affairs, the School of Social Work, and Center for. The report provided answers to some questions, but also has led to more, which will require further study and research, Jones said. While the state's Vehicle Stops Report, compiled from data, looked at the department as a whole, the MU researchers looked at officer beats to quantify disparity issues.
There were ificantly higher disparities among beats known by the police as 70 and 70Dwhich include the East Campus and downtown areas. In those areas, a higher percentage of Black drivers were being stopped, despite being a smaller share of the overall population.
Officers in beat 70 are nearly nine times as likely to stop a Black driver, while 70D officers stopped Black motorists five times more than average. An index of 1 means the of stops match the proportion of the population. Any greater than 1 means that particular racial group is getting stopped more than another race — Black vs.
Among all age groups and their sex, Black residents are more likely to be stopped than white, with white women being stopped the least when compared to the representative population.Yoko Tomoe Nage sacrifice throw at Mid Missouri Judo in Columbia MO
White women, regardless of age, are the only group identified to have a disparity index less than 1 when data is broken down by race, sex and age. When looking at the average of all white drivers in Columbia without those additional factors, the disparity index is less than 1 among all beats studied. Areas with the lower disparity index have a higher population percentage of Black drivers. This also means those beats can have the highest of stops for Black drivers despite the lower disparity index.
For areas with higher Black populations, the disparity can get closer to 1, when compared to areas with ificantly fewer Black residents. Columbia police chief: Work continues to address bias in policing after vehicle stops report. Researchers noted there are arguments that say disparity indexes are not always an indication of bias by police because of population density factors. Other factors leading to police disparities are systemic issues outside of police control, the researchers noted. This can include socioeconomic, housing and other access factors leading to higher stop and crime data being reported.
Researchers suggested assessing officer propensity to stop Black drivers compared to other officers in similar beats. The propensity analysis will let the department flag officers needing additional training.
The data could lead to the department modifying policies and training related to plain-odor or plain-view searches post-stop for drugs and alcohol, Jones said. There are things we need to look at from this report and see if we can get further information," Jones said. Researchers suggested nine ways the department could modify practices or policies to bring disparity indexes down. Race Matters, Friends President Chad McLaurin, a member of the department's vehicle stops committee, would like police data available publicly in a continuous manner.
There is no reason why this information cannot or should not be tracked real-time on a command dashboard. This human rights group does not think so. Personally identifiable information of officers and residents can be redacted, he added, but data should be displayed in real time.
Any policy changes by the department should be reflected in the real-time data so as to provide the baseline, he added. The three years of data analysis by the MU researchers is a critical tool to help improve policy, procedures and operations at the department, McLaurin wrote. There are not plans at this time to supplement the research with the data released last month, said Eileen Avery, director of the University of Missouri Research Data Center. Avery was part of the team of five researchers and is part of a team conducting follow-up research to the Missouri Crime Victimization Survey.
The vehicle stops research group is still finishing up some other work that overlaps with the suggestions given to the department, wrote Avery, who was a consultant on the Vehicle Stops Report from the state.
Avery is looking into other factors statewide that can play into law enforcement issues, such as worry in reference to race relations or immigration and perceptions of police procedures. Facebook Twitter. Columbia Police Department asked MU researchers to analyze vehicle stop disparities. Here's what they found. Charles Dunlap Columbia Daily Tribune.Sex personals first 1 Columbia Missouri
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