Traffic Stop Race Data Collection Project
The Ottawa Police Service (OPS) is committed to developing and maintaining the trust of the community it serves by providing responsive, effective and equitable policing to all residents. The Ottawa Police Service (OPS) is therefore committed to the principle that all persons have the right to live and work in an environment that is free of police action based on racial bias and racial profiling.
“Starting June 27, 2013, Ottawa Police Officers, by their observation only, will record the race of the driver at all traffic (motor vehicle) stops for a two year period.”
The Traffic Stop Race Data Collection Project is the result of a settlement agreement between the Ottawa Police Services Board (Board) and the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC). A full copy of the agreement (PDF).
This race data collection project will be the largest of its kind in Canada. Every year, well over 50,000 vehicles are stopped in the City of Ottawa by Ottawa Police, and all of those encounters will be recorded as part of this study.
The Ottawa Police Service believes that this project will strengthen relationships with the community and help address some of the concerns related to racial profiling.
For more information or if you have questions please send an email to Insp. Pat Flanagan or call him at 613-236-1222 ext 5586.
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