As part of the Roseville Police Department’s (RPD) ongoing transparency and data sharing initiative, the department has released its latest reports on traffic stops and uses of force in the City of Roseville.
The information is available at www.cityofroseville.com/police/transparency and includes the latest data on traffic stops and uses of force. The department’s transparency webpage also features additional information of interest to the community, including crime statistics and predatory offender information, as well as department policy documents.
The transparency and data sharing initiative grew from the positive community reaction to the department’s release of Roseville’s 2017 traffic stop statistics nearly four year ago.
In 2017, the Roseville Police Department began collecting driver information for all traffic stops. The collection effort is part of a voluntary, countywide initiative to increase transparency and provide more context about traffic stops. The data collected includes the perceived race and gender of the driver, whether the driver was searched, whether the vehicle was searched, the reason for the stop and whether a warning or citation was issued.
Roseville Police focus traffic enforcement on drivers who are most likely to cause a crash - speeding, not stopping for red lights or stop signs, driving while distracted or other behaviors that jeopardize the safety of others. Stopping cars with minor equipment violations is not a priority for the Roseville Police Department.
The Use of Force Summary provides information about when Roseville officers use force and how use of force is counted in Roseville. The city defines use of force as the application of physical techniques or tactics or chemical agents or weapons to gain compliance.
Although Minnesota does not require police departments to collect or disseminate use of force data, Roseville has been gathering data and using the information to examine its practices for years. Tracking how, when, where and why officers use force is an invaluable tool in working towards the department’s goal of minimizing force incidents and injuries while maximizing officer effectiveness in situations where force is unavoidable.
All use of force incidents in Roseville include a supervisory review along with a quarterly review during sergeant meetings to look for trends in the department and address concerns.
In the summer of 2020, the Roseville Police Department formed the Multicultural Advisory Committee (MAC). The goal of the committee is to bring diverse community representatives together to discuss community-policing concerns, strategize ways for RPD to best engage with the community, and share information about police practices and procedures.
The Roseville Police Department values community input and encourages the community to read the 2020 Use of Force and 2020 Traffic Stop reports. For questions regarding these reports, please contact Roseville Police at Erika.Scheider@cityofroseville.com.