The Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS) has traffic stop data collection forms that are ready for distribution to departments.

Should your department require additional forms, please contact Nisha Ajmani at the EOPSS at (617) 727-7775 ext. 25539 or nisha.ajmani@state.ma.us.

 

Traffic Stop Data Collection Form

Chapter 228 of the Acts of 2000 requires that police departments in Massachusetts that have been shown to have racial and gender disparities in citations issued and/or searches initiated must collect additional data for all traffic stops for a period of one year, including the reason for the stop.

Following a study conducted by Northeastern University's College of Criminal Justice and pursuant to his statutory authority, the Secretary of Public Safety and Security determined that a total of 247 of the 351 police departments in the Commonwealth must collect data for all traffic stops, including stops that do not result in a written warning, citation, or arrest.

In order to develop a model data collection process, the EOPSS partnered with police chiefs, academic professionals, and community organizations and advocates to create a data collection instrument. This form can be used to collect the required data during each traffic stop, as well as collect additional data that may be helpful in understanding the issue of racial profiling.