Attorney general won't collect names

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Despite loud protests from the ACLU and state Sen. Joe Neal, D-North Las Vegas, the Attorney General's Office is refusing to collect the names of individual officers in its legislative study of racial profiling by Nevada police.

The study requires police officers to record a variety of information about the vehicles they stop and the people in them, including race and age as well as the reason for the stop.

Neal and Gary Peck of the ACLU objected said last week the information should include some way of identifying the officer who made each traffic stop. Peck said it wouldn't necessarily be public information but should be available to police commanders so they can identify officers with racial or other biases.

Another meeting is scheduled Sept. 27 in the Washoe County Commission Chambers in Reno to get reactions from Northern Nevadans.

Following final revisions, 50,000 forms will be ordered for law enforcement agencies in Clark and Washoe counties.

The state plans to record information on all traffic stops for four weeks beginning Oct. 29, then fine tune the forms and data collection methods.

The actual test will run for a full year beginning Jan. 1. Results will be presented to the 2003 Legislature.


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