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Chula Vista SMART Policing

In 2015, California (CA) passed Assembly Bill (AB) 953, the Racial and Identity Profiling Act (RIPA) that required each law enforcement agency that employs peace officers to annually report data on all stops to the Attorney General, with the goal of preventing racial profiling and disparity. With rising violent crime rates and an increased call for greater policy transparency, the Chula Vista Police Department (CVPD) and SANDAG partnered on a grant request to the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) that would support the partners in effectively and efficiently tracking required RIPA data, utilizing these data to inform areas for improvement, and document if desired outcomes are achieved. The primary goals of this three-year project include: (1) Utilizing new data sources and technology as part of a SARA (Scan, Analyze, Response, Assess) model to understand who the CVPD stops and interacts with; (2) Identifying possible disparities and regularly share this information with the community; (3) Addressing risk factors that could contribute to disparity through targeted interventions; and (4) Documenting the effectiveness of interventions and create a practitioner toolkit for other jurisdictions.

Project Manager

Dr. Cynthia Burke, Director, Research and Program Management
Phone: (619) 699-1910, Email:

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