Kalamazoo Public Safety

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9:16 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Kalamazoo Police Chief Describes Department's Work on Racial Bias

Public Safety Chief Jeff Hadley speaks to the Kalamazoo City Commission March 10.
Credit 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.

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8:19 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Update on Public Safety Racial Profiling Study Scheduled for Monday's Kalamazoo City Commission Work Session

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Traffic stops are down since release of study that showed blacks are twice as likely as whites to be stopped in Kalamazoo
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Kalamazoo City Commissioners will receive an update on the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety's racial profiling study at a work session tonight. Chief Jeff Hadley will update commissioners on his department's actions since the study came out last September. Commissioners are scheduled to meet at 7 p.m.
6:47 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Traffic Stops by Kalamazoo Public Safety Down Since Racial Profiling Study

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Chief Jeff Hadley says there has been a change in philosophy and strategies for conducting patrols
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - Traffic stops by Kalamazoo police are down nearly half in the six months following release of a racial profiling study that found black motorists are more than twice as likely as whites to be pulled over.
7:11 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Kalamazoo Public Safety Chief Defends Officers Involved in Fatal Shooting

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The shooting is still under investigation, but Chief Jeff Hadley says it appears the officers "acted valiantly"
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- When Kalamazoo police arrived at his apartment Friday, Brad Mason made his intention clear to his girlfriend. "The police are here for me. They are going to have to kill me," Mason said to her, according to Kalamazoo Public Safety Chief Jeff Hadley.
3:44 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Kalamazoo officials say travel only when necessary

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Crews have been working around the clock to clear snow
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Kalamazoo city officials are urging residents to use caution when traveling and to travel only if necessary during Monday's weather conditions. Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety Chief Jeff Hadley asked residents in a news release to keep sidewalks clear and to remove snow from around fire hydrants.

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