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San Jose PD partners with UTEP Center for Law and Human Behavior
Filed under Press Release, on 4/22/2016 3:00:00 PM by Author: Sergeant Enrique Garcia #2936.

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San Jose, Calif.- The San Jose Police Department (SJPD) is proud to partner with The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) - Center for Law and Human Behavior to conduct an analysis of the SJPD limited detention data on traffic and pedestrian stops. The goal is to help the City, SJPD, and community stakeholders identify and better understand any racial and/or ethnic disparities that may exist in these data. Furthermore, the project will identify patterns of disparity that may suggest racial bias and to provide recommendations to the SJPD for reducing or eliminating such disparities in its efforts to provide fair and equitable policing to all persons in the City of San Jose.

Chief Eddie Garcia said, "I believe we have one of the most professional and progressive Police Departments in the country, and the men and women of the SJPD do exceptional work for this community on a daily basis.  This study will be consistent with the efforts of the San Jose Police Department to maintain transparency in our community and will offer an opportunity to further enhance the relationship between our officers and the residents of this City. I look forward to working on this project with the UTEP staff and our community leaders."

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo said, “This study represents another step we can take to ensure that the SJPD remains the most professional and trusted police force in the country. I’d like to thank both our Police Department and UTEP for coming together to analyze these important issues and explore ways that we can build an even better police force.”

Walter Katz, San Jose's Independent Police Auditor said, “We are encouraged that the SJPD is taking steps to address the 2011 IPA recommendation that SJPD officers consistently document their stops of members of the public that do not result in arrest or citation, including critical details such as identity, ethnicity, and whether the person was handcuffed, directed to sit on the curb, or placed into a patrol car. In 2013, the recommendation was implemented by the Department and the IPA advocated for the review of the resulting data by a reputable neutral entity with expertise in such analysis. The IPA Office will closely review the UTEP analysis and conclusions and, as always, express our independent voice on this vitally important topic.”

Dr. Michael R. Smith said, "The Center for Law and Human Behavior at The University of Texas at El Paso is excited to be working with the San Jose Police Department to analyze it's limited detention data.  The UTEP team recognizes the importance of this project to the SJPD, the City of San Jose, and it's stakeholders, and we look forward to providing a report that will help the community understand the racial and ethnic patterns among citizens stopped by the police."    

The project timeline began with a kick-off meeting on 3-3-16. Some of the steps the UTEP staff will take is reviewing and auditing all of the department's stop data; conduct focus groups and ride-alongs with officers. The anticipated delivery of the near final draft report will be in November 2016. 

BY: Sergeant Enrique Garcia #2936 AUTHORIZED BY: Chief Eddie Garcia 
DATE: 4/22/2016 TIME: 1:00 PM DATE: 4/22/2016 TIME: 3:00 PM


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