Kalamazoo Public Safety

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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.

Traffic stops are down since release of study that showed blacks are twice as likely as whites to be stopped in Kalamazoo

Chief Jeff Hadley says there has been a change in philosophy and strategies for conducting patrols

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