Simply having officers make more of an effort to explain to motorists why they were stopped and, where appropriate, why they were given a summons, might relieve tensions, said Pawtucket Police Chief George L. Kelley III, the association president.
The plan includes a public education campaign.
In addition, a standardized statewide form for lodging complaints of biased treatment by the police would be published and made easily obtainable by the public.
said it is important to get timely complaints if police supervisors are to get to the bottom of disputes.
Studies by Northeastern University researchers show that blacks and Hispanics are twice as likely to have their cars searched as are whites in Rhode Island but contraband is found more often in cars driven by whites.
To ensure that the plan is carried out, and to make suggestions as the process unfolds, an advisory committee of minority group representatives would be appointed.
The association already has expressions of interest from a number of potential appointees, according to Kelley
said there was no single triggering event that prompted the association to propose a plan but rather a realization that the police have been unable to dispel the notion that there is racial profiling and biased policing.
Flawed news reporting over the years has tended to exaggerate the perceived problem of racial profiling, Kelley
Officers search motor vehicles infrequently, he
Association members took an in-depth look at a six-month sample of 2005 statewide data on traffic stops and found that there were 61 searches in about 9,000 traffic stops, or less than 1 percent, he
"We're not looking at big numbers," Kelley