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Frequently asked questions about racial profiling forms for law enforcement agencies

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When is the annual report for law enforcement agencies for 2012 vehicle stops due?

The report from law enforcement agencies was due March 1, 2013. The Attorney General requests that all law enforcement agencies electronically file their annual reports. A letter providing agencies with a password to complete the submission will be sent to all agencies in mid-December. If your agency still needs a password, please call or e-mail Cindy Lowry at 573-751-8828. Once you go online and enter your password, you will need to complete the mandatory annual report form and six vehicle stops by race forms.

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If my law enforcement agency used a private vendor to compile vehicle stop data, does my agency still need to submit data on the Attorney General's annual report form?

Yes. Under Section 590.650 of Missouri Revised Statutes, the Attorney General determines the format of the annual report. All agencies, even those that used private vendors to help compile information, should use the Attorney General form. This will ensure that we have consistent data statewide.

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Vehicle stop information form

The vehicle stop information form pdf icon is not required by state law or regulations. However, information on this form is required on the annual report form.

Which stops are counted on the traffic forms?

Your law enforcement agency needs to report to the Attorney General's Office only those stops made for alleged motor vehicle violations or for investigative purposes. Other stops, such as those made at checkpoints, are not included in the year-end report.

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Question 1 on the form: Does the total number of reasons for stops (moving, equipment, license, investigative) need to equal or exceed the total number of vehicle stops?

Yes. Example: Driver stopped for speeding and no tail light would have two violations — moving and equipment.

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Question 1 on the form: What does CVE mean under moving violation categories?

CVE means "commercial vehicle enforcement." For example, a violation of Section 304.170, RSMo, relating to width and load restrictions for trucks, would fall under this category.

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Question 2 on the form: When should the officer check the "No Action" box?

The officer should only check "No Action" when the officer does not issue a citation or a written or verbal warning.

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Question 3 on the form: Why does driver's race/minority status recommend that an officer's visual observation determine the response?

Departments in other states that track the driver's race for vehicle stops use visual observation for two reasons:

  1. If an officer is profiling based on race, that officer is deciding to pull the driver over based on the officer's perception of that driver's race.
  2. If the officer questions the driver about his race, the driver may become confrontational or think his rights are being violated.

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Question 6 on the form: For location of vehicle stop, should an officer check "city street" if a stop is made on a state highway that runs through a city?

The officer should check "state highway." Also, the officer should check the applicable box based on the location where the officer signaled the driver to stop.

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Question 7 on the form: If an officer conducts a passenger-only search, should the officer indicate that a search was conducted?

No. However, you must check "Yes" if Question 8 (search of driver and/or property) is checked.

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