Kalamazoo Public Safety http://michiganradio.org en Number of Kalamazoo traffic stops cut by half after racial profiling study released http://michiganradio.org/post/number-kalamazoo-traffic-stops-cut-half-after-racial-profiling-study-released <p>Kalamazoo Public Safety officers are making dramatically fewer traffic stops. Chief Jeff Hadley says the data reflect a change in the department’s strategies.</p><p>Back in September, the Kalamazoo police department<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/study-shows-african-americans-more-likely-be-pulled-over-searched-kalamazoo"> released a study </a>that showed, among other things, that African-American drivers were almost twice as likely as Caucasian drivers to get pulled over in the city.</p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 21:38:32 +0000 Lindsey Smith 16687 at http://michiganradio.org Number of Kalamazoo traffic stops cut by half after racial profiling study released Study shows African-Americans more likely to be pulled over, searched in Kalamazoo http://michiganradio.org/post/study-shows-african-americans-more-likely-be-pulled-over-searched-kalamazoo <p>African-American drivers are more than twice as likely to get pulled over than Caucasian drivers in the City of Kalamazoo. That’s <a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/michigan/files/201309/KDPS_Racial_Profiling_Study.pdf">according to a study the city released this week.</a></p><p>The study only looked at how the department deals with traffic stops. The data covers stops between March 2012 and February 2013.</p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 21:21:19 +0000 Lindsey Smith 14274 at http://michiganradio.org Study shows African-Americans more likely to be pulled over, searched in Kalamazoo Study will determine if racial profiling a factor in Kalamazoo traffic stops http://michiganradio.org/post/study-will-determine-if-racial-profiling-factor-kalamazoo-traffic-stops <p>Kalamazoo’s<a href="http://www.kalamazoopublicsafety.org/"> Public Safety Department</a> is conducting a study to see if its officers unfairly target racial and ethnic minorities.</p><p>The study is not being court ordered, the city isn’t being sued, and there hasn’t been any big incident that sparked the study. Kalamazoo Public Safety Chief Jeff Hadley says that’s a good thing.</p><p>“These&nbsp;types of issues&nbsp;can bring a lot of emotion… and it makes it a lot more difficult to talk reasonably and to talk productively and constructively in how we move forward,” Hadley said.</p><p>Hadley says the department wants to&nbsp;try to&nbsp;avoid problems&nbsp;and they’re hoping the study will help.</p><p>“Spending money on this type of study I think is really an investment into our relationship with the community; and how important they are in how we operate as a public safety department and how we keep this city safe,” Hadley said. Tue, 09 Oct 2012 04:18:06 +0000 Lindsey Smith 9421 at http://michiganradio.org Study will determine if racial profiling a factor in Kalamazoo traffic stops Proposal to make marijuana possession law enforcement’s “lowest priority” http://michiganradio.org/post/proposal-make-marijuana-possession-law-enforcement%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%9Clowest-priority%E2%80%9D <p>This fall voters in Kalamazoo could make going after marijuana users the &quot;lowest priority&quot; for law enforcement officials. The question will likely appear on the ballot this November.</p><p>If the proposed amendment to Kalamazoo&rsquo;s city charter passes, public safety officials would treat people with an ounce of marijuana or less as their &ldquo;lowest priority.&rdquo; The change would only affect those 21 and older. It would still be illegal to drive under the influence or use marijuana in a public place.</p> Fri, 19 Aug 2011 11:55:07 +0000 Lindsey Smith 3824 at http://michiganradio.org Proposal to make marijuana possession law enforcement’s “lowest priority” Kalamazoo Public Safety Lt. alleges chief discriminated in promoting staff http://michiganradio.org/post/kalamazoo-public-safety-lt-alleges-chief-discriminated-promoting-staff <p>Lieutenant Stacey Randolph alleges the chief discriminated against her in 2009 and 2010 when he promoted white male officers instead of her. The chief denied the allegations in a court filing this week.</p><p>Lieutenant Stacey Randolph is the first and only African-American female supervisor at the Kalamazoo Public Safety Department. She applied for a promotion on two separate occasions in the past two years. Both times a white male got the job. Randolph scored equal to or better than other candidates.</p> Thu, 16 Jun 2011 21:28:46 +0000 Lindsey Smith 2924 at http://michiganradio.org