Fair and Impartial Policing Presentation Planned
WATERBURY — On Tuesday May 24, the Vermont State Police Fair and Impartial Policing Committee will host a public presentation and discussion related to the analysis of traffic stop data collected during all Vermont State Police traffic stops over the past 5 years. This presentation will be conducted by Dr. Jack McDevitt and Janice Iwama of Northeastern University.
The presentation starts at 6 p.m. in Oakes Hall on the campus of the Vermont Law School. This is the culmination of a process begun a decade ago by the Department of Public Safety and the Vermont State Police, to better understand the community and cultural significance of fair and impartial policing initiatives. The presentation will be a public discussion of the VSP traffic data as it pertains to law enforcement activity, potential racial bias, and cultural justice.
Jack McDevitt is the associate dean of research for the College of Social Sciences and Humanities at Northeastern University. McDevitt also directs the Institute on Race and Justice and the Center for Criminal Justice Policy Research. He has spoken on hate crime, racial profiling, human trafficking and security both nationally and internationally and has testified as an expert witness before the Judiciary Committees of The United States House of Representatives and as an invited expert at the White House.
Janice A. Iwama is a doctoral candidate at the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northeastern University. Her dissertation research focuses on examining the community conditions and social processes that impact hate crimes. Her work applies a theoretical framework to improving our understanding of hate crimes given our increasingly diverse population in the United States. Her research interests involve the impact of communities on crime, disproportionate minority contact, prevalence of hate crimes, racial and ethnic issues, and the victimization of immigrants.
The Fair and Impartial Policing Committee of the Vermont State Police has been in place for over a decade. The committee is comprised of a diverse range of Vermont citizens and Vermont law enforcement members who evaluate traffic stop race data collection; best practices for recruitment/hiring/training of police officers; agency policies regarding fair and impartial policing; accountability; and outreach to diverse communities. The public is welcome.
Vermont State Police Fair and Impartial Policing Committee 5-year Traffic Stop Data Analysis Presentation will be held in room 012, Oakes Hall at Vermont Law School. The street address is 164 Chelsea Street, South Royalton. It begins at 6 p.m.
The data can be also be found on the Vermont State Police homepage.
For more information please contact Captain Ingrid Jonas, director of Fair and Impartial Policing and Community Affairs
Vermont State Police Headquarters
45 State Drive
Waterbury, VT 05671