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Massachusetts Racial and Gender Profiling Final Report

Page 4 of 5 -- Overall males were more likely to be cited than their representation in either the residential or the driving population estimate. Males were uniformly more likely to be subject to a search and to be cited than women. These findings were consistent across virtually all communities in Massachusetts. This report finds no indication that female drivers, in the aggregate, are more likely to be stopped, cited or subject to a search than their male counterparts. In fact, quite the opposite appears to be the case.

Issues to Consider

Based on the findings of the Massachusetts study, national research on the issue, and recommendations from the Working Group and other stakeholders we offer the following set of issues to consider which provide guidance to those who must begin to formulate policies based on the findings in this report.

Nationwide over 6,000 law enforcement agencies are collecting data on all traffic stops. Traffic stop data collection has been recommended by numerous national professional police organizations as a necessary component of professional policing. As a part of good police practices, all law enforcement agencies in Massachusetts should establish a system to collect and monitor data on all traffic stop activity.

Following national models for traffic stop data collection, a uniform set of data elements to be collected on all stops should be identified. It is important that any new data collection system include information on officer identification and the location of the stop in the required data collection elements. Additionally a specific timetable for data collection, auditing and reporting should be established.

All local police agencies should begin or continue a conversation with members of their community about the existence of disparities in traffic stops, the goals of traffic enforcement and strategies to monitor and reduce such disparities.

Table A: Any Disparity in the Four Summary Measures (N=249)
Abington
Acushnet
Adams
Amesbury
Amherst
Andover
Aquinnah
Arlington
Ashburnham
Ashby
Ashland
Athol
Attleboro
Auburn
Avon
Ayer
Barnstable
Bedford
Belchertown
Bellingham
Belmont
Berkley
Berlin
Bernardston
Beverly
Billerica
Blackstone
Bolton
Boston
Bourne
Boxborough
Boylston
Braintree
Bridgewater
Brockton
Brookline
Buckland
Cambridge
Canton
Carver
Charlton
Chatham
Chelmsford
Chelsea
Cheshire
Chester
Chicopee
Chilmark
Clarksburg
Clinton
Cohasset
Dartmouth
Dedham
Dennis
Douglas
Dover
Dracut
Dudley
Dunstable
E. Bridgewater
E. Brookfield
E. Longmeadow
Easton
Edgartown
Erving
Everett
Fairhaven
Fall River
Falmouth
Fitchburg
Foxborough
Framingham
Franklin
Freetown
Georgetown
Gill
Gloucester
Goshen
Granby
Granville
Greenfield
Groveland
Hadley
Hampden
Hanson
Harwich
Hatfield
Haverhill
Heath
Hingham
Holbrook
Holden
Holland
Holliston
Holyoke
Hopedale
Hopkinton
Hudson
Hull
Huntington
Ipswich
Kingston
Lakeville
Lancaster
Lanesborough
Lawrence
Lee
Leicester
Lenox
Leominster
Lexington
Lincoln
Littleton
Longmeadow
Lowell
Lunenburg
Lynn
Lynnfield
Malden
Mansfield
Marblehead
Marion
Marlborough
Mashpee
Mattapoisett
Maynard
Medford
Medway
Melrose
Mendon
Merrimac
Methuen
Middleborough
Milford
Millbury
Millis
Millville
Milton
Montague
N. Adams
N. Andover
N. Attleboro
Nahant
Nantucket
Natick
Needham
New Bedford
New Marlborough
New Salem
Newburyport
Newton
Northampton
Northborough
Northbridge
Northfield
Norton
Norwood
Oak Bluffs
Oakham
Orange
Orleans
Palmer
Paxton
Peabody
Pelham
Pepperell
Pittsfield
Plymouth
Quincy
Randolph
Raynham
Rehoboth
Revere
Rochester
Rockland
Rockport
Rowley
Royalston
S. Hadley
Salem
Salisbury
Sandwich
Saugus
Scituate
Seekonk
Sharon
Sherborn
Shirley
Shrewsbury
Shutesbury
Somerset
Somerville
Southborough
Southbridge
Southwick
Spencer
Springfield
State Police
Sterling
Stockbridge
Stoneham
Stoughton
Stow
Sturbridge
Sudbury
Sunderland
Sutton
Swampscott
Taunton
Tewksbury
Tisbury
Topsfield
Townsend
Truro
Tyngsborough
Upton
W. Bridgewater
W. Brookfield
W. Newbury
W. Springfield
W. Tisbury
Wakefield
Walpole
Waltham
Ware
Wareham
Warwick
Watertown
Wayland
Webster
Wellesley
Wellfleet
Wendell
Wenham
Westborough
Westfield
Weston
Westwood
Weymouth
Whitman
Wilbraham
Wilmington
Winchendon
Windsor
Winthrop
Woburn
Worcester
Wrentham
Yarmouth
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