By Molly McBride, WCSC
The Charleston Police Department says it has made big changes in the way it collects data to help eliminate racial disparities in its policing.
Those changes followed the 2019 Racial Bias Audit.
“If you can’t measure the outcomes that your officers are in the community creating, then you don’t know what they’re doing, and you can’t evaluate it,” Jill Eidson, the Director of Procedural Justice and Research for the Charleston Police Department, said.
- Community policing
- Personnel practices
- Use of Force
The department is working to complete its final recommendation, which is a third-party review.
The department now requires officers to complete a field contact card describing the nature of the interaction and characteristics of the citizen each time they make a “proactive stop,” Eidson said.
The department defines a “proactive stop” as a stop that was not as a result of a call for service.