WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – The Wilmington Police Department has laid out a plan to come into compliance with state laws regarding racial profiling forms.
This plan stems from a review by their Professional Standards Division.
Last month, WECT learned that the WPD had only completed about 30% of forms that are required by law to be completed after every traffic stop.
According to state law (114-10.01), law enforcement officers are required to submit forms following most types of traffic stops. If those records are not submitted within 60 days, the agency "shall be ineligible to receive any law enforcement grants available by or through the State until the information which is reasonable available is submitted" (114-10.01 (d1)).
At the time, WPD Chief Ralph Evangelous said some of the problems could be blamed on a transition to electronic forms, but that some of his officers simply were not filling out the forms.
"They are busy and some of them drop the ball, there is no question about that, but we are holding them accountable now," said Evangelous.
A memo outlines measures that will immediately be put in place to address the issues including monthly audits by the Records supervisor. In addition, all officers will be trained on the importance of filling out the forms correctly.
The memo also says that the Records Unit will assign staff to work during off hours to research and enter as many non submitted reports as possible.
So far, the records department has submitted 644 previously missing forms to the State. The WPD estimates it will take two months to research and enter all the data from 2012.
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