In order to address the issue of racial profiling, the Massachusetts legislature passed Chapter 228 of the Acts of 2000, titled "An Act Providing for the Collection of Data Relative to Traffic Stops" which is commonly known as the Racial and Gender Profiling Law. The goal of the law was to initiate statewide collection of traffic stop data with the purpose of identifying and eliminating racial profiling in Massachusetts.

In order to ensure that the process is carried out with a strong research base, the Research and Policy Analysis Unit has acted as the main support staff for the racial profiling data collection initiative and has assisted with developing a national model data collection protocol, planning data collection task force meetings, and conducting relevant background research. Additionally, the Research and Policy team is compiling a best practices bulletin to be submitted to the Bureau of Justice Assistance for publication.

More information about the Racial Profiling Data Collection Initiative