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Earlene McMichael / WMUK

The community policing model at the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety has brought it accolades in the national media. But the department has had its share of controversies as well, including a 2013 study that showed racial profiling in traffic stops. Chief Jeffrey Hadley says much progress has been made since then. Hadley talks this topic and more in a half-hour-long interview with WMUK's Earlene McMichael on today's WestSouthwest. He said no subject was off-limits. (Press the icon to hear the show. For a longer version, see the end of the post.)


Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

The head of Kalamazoo Public Safety says the department is taking multiple steps to address racial bias in its policing. That’s in response to a study from last year, which showed that on average, Kalamazoo police were stopping African-American drivers twice as often as other motorists.

Public Safety Chief Jeff Hadley reported to the city commission last night. He says the department’s efforts include training officers to recognize unconscious prejudices. It’s also led to a department-wide reevaluation of which traffic stops call for a search.

The shooting is still under investigation, but Chief Jeff Hadley says it appears the officers "acted valiantly"

Kalamazoo City Commission plans to interview finalists in late September