Kalamazoo officers make fewer stops after review

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Traffic stops by Kalamazoo police are down in the six months since the release of a study that found officers were more than two times as likely to stop black motorists as they were to stop white motorists.

Chief Jeff Hadley tells the Kalamazoo Gazette (http://bit.ly/1g4m5SR ) he attributes the drop since September to the study, which has prompted changes in patrol philosophy and strategies. Hadley says effectiveness shouldn’t be measured by the number of stops.

Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety officers made 3,841 stops between September and January compared with 7,298 from September 2012 to January 2013.

Hadley said in September he planned to use the study’s recommendations to make changes.

The department, meanwhile, this month is implementing a policy for when officers can search drivers or cars following stops.

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