A new survey might clarify some recent accusations of arrest bias involving race and LGBT people.
The San Diego Police Department has partnered with a national nonprofit in making a survey which includes questions about their overall performance and their use of technology.
The department has come under some scrutiny over the past few weeks after a report from Campaign Zero and the American Civil Liberties Union of San Diego & Imperial Counties found officers treated people of color differently when it came to arrests.
Then Voice of San Diego and the UC San Diego Extension Center for Research did their own analysis of stop data collected from July 2018 to July 2019 which showed, "San Diego police are more likely to stop lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people for reasonable suspicion and more likely to handcuff them compared with cisgender people."
For some, the findings were not surprising but the department isn't convinced and therefore is participating in this new survey created by the non-profit National Police Foundation, funded by the National Institute of Justice.
“This is an opportunity for the department to hear directly from the community on a wide variety of issues that impact them on a daily basis,” San Diego police Capt. Jeffrey Jordon told the San Diego Union-Tribune.
The survey consists of 45 questions that range in topics from police professionalism to use of excessive force.
Other queries ask about community involvement and how likely the public is to help officers find suspects.
The survey is anonymous and will be active until January 18.
Take the survey HERE.