The California legislature passed Assembly Bill 953 in 2015 (AB-953). Known as the Racial and Identity Profiling Act (RIPA), this legislation requires all law enforcement agencies in the state to “collect perceived demographic and other detailed data regarding pedestrian and traffic stops”. The data is not to be collected from identification like a passport or driver’s license. Rather, the data is based upon the officer’s perception of the person they stopped. The Racial and Identity Profiling Act requires California’s law enforcement agencies to collect this information on all “stops” and report this information to the California Department of Justice (DOJ).
The Los Angeles Police Department’s Community RIPA Dashboard furthers our commitment to transparency and accountability. The Community RIPA Dashboard provides a robust data platform, which includes RIPA data and information that is more specific to the varied communities within the City of Los Angeles. In some of our communities, actual and perceived inequitable policing practices erode the public’s trust and challenge the legitimacy of law enforcement. Transparency further nurtures and reinforces relationships with our diverse communities and can be used to share enforcement action information and communicate engagement efforts. At the same time, the platform will facilitate engaging with the community more deeply, allowing for their feedback to drive policing priorities and enforcement policies.