California's Racial and Identity Profiling Act of 2015 (RIPA) is truly groundbreaking legislation - the first of its kind and scale in the United States. This law requires nearly all California law enforcement agencies to collect, maintain, and analyze demographic data on all detentions and searches, thereby codifying the recommendation of the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing which aimed to improve understanding and create evidence based policies through this data collection. The Racial and Identity Profiling Advisory Board (Board) was created by the Act to shepherd this data collection and provide public reports with the ultimate objective to eliminate racial and identity profiling and improve and understand diversity in law enforcement through training, education, and outreach. The Board's mission is enhanced by the diverse perspectives and backgrounds of its 19 members, as well as by the vibrant discourse brought to board meetings and subcommittees by members of the public and the law enforcement community. Together, the Board and stakeholders share the goals of increasing public safety, improving law enforcement-community relations, and bolstering trust through collaboration, transparency, and accountability.
In its second annual report, the Board has built on the foundation established by its inaugural report released January 1, 2018. Specifically, this report aims to enhance the transparency of the stop data collection process by providing the public with detailed information on how the data is collected and submitted and how the Department and law enforcement agencies ensure the integrity of this data. This report also provides recommendations that can be incorporated by law enforcement agencies to enhance their policies, procedures, and trainings on topics that intersect with bias and racial and identity profiling.
Racial & Identity Profiling Advisory Board, "Racial & Identity Profiling Advisory Board Annual Report 2019" (2019). Civil Rights & Human Rights. 3.