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NYPD's "Stop And Frisk" Policy Leads San Diego Police To Revive Racial Data Collection

Local law enforcement and FBI agents detain several people after a raid on El Cajon Boulevard, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 in San Diego.  Seventeen people were arrested Wednesday in California, Arizona and New Jersey under an indictment that accuses a San Diego-based street gang of running a vast prostitution ring. The gang based in San Diego's increasingly gentrified North Park neighborhood operated a prostitution ring spanning 46 cities in 23 states, recruiting women and girls by promising luxurious lifestyles, prosecutors said. Gang members allegedly branded the women with tattoos and bar codes and traded them among themselves.  (AP Photo/U-T San Diego, John Gibbins)  NO SALES; COMMERCIAL INTERNET OUT

Local law enforcement and FBI agents detain several people after a raid on El Cajon Boulevard, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 in San Diego. Seventeen people were arrested Wednesday in California, Arizona and New Jersey under an indictment that accuses a San Diego-based street gang of running a vast prostitution ring. The gang based in San Diego's increasingly gentrified North Park neighborhood operated a prostitution ring spanning 46 cities in 23 states, recruiting women and girls by promising luxurious lifestyles, prosecutors said. Gang members allegedly branded the women with tattoos and bar codes and traded them among themselves. (AP Photo/U-T San Diego, John Gibbins) NO SALES; COMMERCIAL INTERNET OUT  (AP)

The San Diego Police Department is reviving a department policy to collect racial data during traffic stops.

U-T San Diego reports that San Diego police voluntarily instituted the practice in 2000 to combat a perception that some officers made stops based solely on race, ethnicity, age or gender of people in the car.

Chief Bill Lansdowne said in recent years enforcement of the collection slipped as the department received no requests for the data.

On Tuesday, the chief said controversy over New York's "stop and frisk" program led him to reinforce his department's policy to collect traffic stop information.

Lansdowne says instituting the policy will be made easier in February with a new data collection system.

The data the department collects will be made public.

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