Unite Oregon's profiling issue brief makes recommendations to the Workgroup on the Prevention of Profiling by Law Enforcement (WPPLE) in four core areas of police reform: Data Collection, Analysis and Reporting: Accountability Mechanisms: Training: and Procedural Justice.
Our justice system is flawed; once activated, it sets off a series of inequitable policies and practices that have ultimately catalyzed the exponential growth of people of color caught up in the criminal justice system. Profiling is a first point of entry into this biased system. Oregon can no longer afford the high cost of profiling to our health or economy. It plays out in law enforcement, schools, the courts, jails, prisons and reentry policy, through over criminalization, implicit bias, abuse of power, excessive use of force, and poor community policing. It not only creates persistent stress and impacts the well-being of individuals and their families, but also promotes poor policing practices, diverts resources, destroys trust between law enforcement and the people they are meant to protect, and ultimately creates further economic and social instability in our communities.
Transforming Oregon's approach to community safety requires dismantling patterns and practices of profiling in law enforcement. This means enacting a comprehensive strategy, including high-level community oversight and transparency, expanded data collection, reformed and mandated training, robust accountability mechanisms, and investment.
2015's HB 2002, which prohibits the practice of profiling, calls for law enforcement to fulfill their responsibility to the communities they serve. HB 2002 also created the Workgroup on the Prevention of Profiling by Law Enforcement (WPPLE), which now has the opportunity to truly make progress in ending profiling by advocating for reform that will hold law enforcement accountable, slow the growth of a broken justice system, and save money and lives.