Alliance San Diego plays key role in addressing racial profiling
San Diego/Sacramento - California's Racial and Identity Profiling Advisory (RIPA) Board has released its first annual report on racial and identity profiling in law enforcement. As required by AB 953, each year the RIPA Board must produce a report on the past and current status of racial and identity profiling with policy recommendations for eliminating it.
For more than a year, Alliance San Diego has played a key role in eliminating racial profiling by law enforcement in California. Alliance San Diego’s Executive Director Andrea Guerrero is a member of the RIPA Board, which advised the Office of the Attorney General in the development of new regulations.
The report includes the following highlights:
A summary of the information that law enforcement agencies will collect and report to the California Department of Justice regarding stops.
- This includes information about the stop itself, such as; the reason for stop, actions taken by the officer during the stop, and outcome of the stop. In addition, information will be collected about the person who was stopped, and the officer’s perception of the race, gender, age and LGBT status of that person;
- A history of racial and identity profiling and information on current evidence-based research that will help stakeholders understand the issues;
- Analysis of the data collected regarding citizen/civilian complaints, including complaints alleging racial and identity profiling, that were reported to the DOJ by law enforcement in 2016;
- A summary of the results of a survey the RIPA Board distributed to law enforcement agencies regarding agency policies on racial and identity profiling; and
- Analysis and recommendations about racial and identity profiling trainings provided to officers.
Alliance San Diego Executive Director Andrea Guerrero and member of the RIPA Board, which advised the Office of the Attorney General in the development of the new regulations, released the following statement:
“This first report can be the foundation, the context, the launching point, the acknowledgement of all we have been hearing from the community about the urgency of now… the surveys will show that we are listening, we are responsive, and we are ready to move forward.”
The Racial and Identity Profiling Advisory (RIPA) Board began its work in July 2016 as part of the Racial and Identity Profiling Act of 2015 (AB 953) with a momentous purpose: to eliminate racial and identity profiling and improve racial and identity sensitivity in law enforcement.1 In order to achieve these goals, the RIPA Board was charged with several responsibilities including publishing an annual report on the past and current status of racial and identity profiling with policy recommendations for eliminating it.
About Alliance San Diego
Alliance San Diego is a non-profit, non-partisan 501(c)(3) community empowerment organization working to ensure that all people can achieve their full potential in an environment of harmony, safety, equality, and justice. Our mission is to to provide a means for diverse individuals and organizations to share information, collaborate on issues and mobilize for change in the pursuit of social justice, especially in low-income communities and communities of color. We pursue this mission through targeted civic engagement programs and strategic coalitions that focus on specific issues and policy reforms.