2020 Vehicle Stops Report Changes
The 2018 Vehicle Stops Report (VSR) marked 18 years of annual reporting on vehicle stops in Missouri. During this time, only limited changes were made to the VSR, the most notable being the addition of the residency question for the 2018 report. Nearly two decades of reporting and input from stakeholders have revealed areas of needed improvement in the VSR. Beginning in the 2020 reporting year, the Attorney General’s Office will be implementing changes to the VSR that will allow better analysis with the hope of driving more informed dialogue surrounding the report.
See the links below for a summary of the changes and a template 2020 VSR form. A template for raw stop-level data collection will be made available on this page soon.
2020 VSR Changes Summary
2020 VSR Template Form (Not for use until January 1, 2020)
MISSOURI VEHICLE STOPS REPORT
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Concerns by the citizens of Missouri and the Missouri legislature regarding allegations of bias in traffic enforcement prompted the passage of SB 1053 (2000). SB 1053 created Section 590.650, RSMo. which became effective August 28, 2000. This statute created the Vehicle Stops Report and required that the Attorney General’s Office collect and report on traffic stops conducted by law enforcement officers across the state of Missouri.
Under § 590.650, RSMo. all peace officers in the state must report specific information, including a driver’s race, for each vehicle stop made in the state. Law enforcement agencies must provide their vehicle stops data to the Attorney General by March 1, and the Attorney General must compile the data and report to the Governor, General Assembly, and each law enforcement agency no later than June 1 of each year. The law allows the Governor to withhold state funds for any agency that does not submit its vehicle stops data to the Attorney General by the statutory deadline.
The summary of statewide vehicle stops data has been provided by Dr. Scott H. Decker, professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University; Dr. Richard Rosenfeld, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Missouri-St. Louis; and Dr. Jeff Rojek, associate professor in the School of Criminal Justice and Director of the Center for Anti-Counterfeiting and Product Protection at Michigan State University.