Since 2012 the Institute for Municipal and Regional Policy’s (IMRP) Connecticut Racial Profiling Prohibition Project (CTRP3) has been a national example of data analysis and intervention. This summer CTRP3 released the “Connecticut State Police Data Audit 2014-2021” which has received national attention. The audit reported on traffic stop infractions that have been submitted by the Connecticut State Police to the racial profiling system. Its findings found that falsified traffic reports were provided for audit. Published in June, the audit found that at least 26,000 racial profiling records were over-reported (2014-2021) and at least 16,000 were underreported (2015 – 2021).
Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont called upon former U.S. Attorney Deirdre M. Daly to conduct an independent review to investigate:
- Why this misconduct occurred
- Why it went undetected for so many years
- What reforms should be implemented
This review will also determine any changes in IT platforms or training materials according to the Governor’s July press release. The Department of Justice is also conducting an investigation. Throughout the summer the audit was covered nationally by The New York Times, Associated Press and US Today.
Earlier this year the School of Public Policy (SPP) published a piece on how the Project received an increase in funding from the Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Connecticut Department of Transportation. This was following a 2021 testimony by IMRP Associate Director and CTRP3 Project Manager Ken Barone.
In October the Project released a “Traffic Stop Data Analysis and Findings, 2021” and its corresponding technical appendix, which features charts and tables that are referred to within the report. Within this annual analysis there is a focus on traffic stops during the 2021 calendar year, with a three-year aggregate analysis of stops conducted between the 2019 and 2021 calendar years.
In the coming months we will continue to report on CTRP3’s findings and the reviews following their audit.