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May 20, 2016










Waterbury, VT – On Tuesday May 24th, the Vermont State Police Fair and Impartial Policing Committee will host a public presentation and discussion related to the analysis of traffic stop data collected during all Vermont State Police traffic stops over the past 5 years.  This presentation will be conducted by Dr.  Jack McDevitt and Janice Iwama of Northeastern University.


The presentation starts at 6 pm in Oakes Hall on the campus of the Vermont Law School.  The presentation is the culmination of a process begun a decade ago by the Department of Public Safety and the Vermont State Police, to better understand the community and cultural significance of fair and impartial policing initiatives.   The presentation will be a public discussion of the VSP traffic data as it pertains to law enforcement activity, potential racial bias, and cultural justice.


Jack McDevitt is the Associate Dean for Research for the College of Social Sciences and Humanities at Northeastern University.  Jack also directs the Institute on Race and Justice and the Center for Criminal Justice Policy Research.  He has spoken on hate crime, racial profiling, human trafficking and security both nationally and internationally and has testified as an expert witness before the Judiciary Committees of The US House of Representatives and as an invited expert at the White House.


Janice A. Iwama, M.S., is a doctoral candidate at the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northeastern University.  Her dissertation research focuses on examining the community conditions and social processes that impact hate crimes. Her work applies a theoretical framework to improving our understanding of hate crimes given our increasingly diverse population in the United States.  Her research interests involve the impact of communities on crime, disproportionate minority contact, prevalence of hate crimes, racial and ethnic issues, and the victimization of immigrants.


The Fair and Impartial Policing Committee of the Vermont State Police has been in place for over a decade.  The committee is comprised of a diverse range of Vermont citizens and Vermont law enforcement members who evaluate traffic stop race data collection; best practices for recruitment/hiring/training of police officers; agency policies regarding fair and impartial policing; accountability; and outreach to diverse communities.  The public is always welcome.



WHO:                   VSP Fair & Impartial Policing Committee

WHAT:                  5-year Traffic Stop Data Analysis Presentation

WHERE:                Room 012 - Oakes Hall at Vermont Law School

                               164 Chelsea Street, South Royalton VT

WHEN:                  6 pm


The 5-year VSP traffic-stop data can be found on the Vermont State Police homepage


For more information about the Fair and Impartial Policing Committee, please contact:


Captain Ingrid Jonas - VSP Director of Fair and Impartial Policing and Community Affairs


Vermont State Police Headquarters

45 State Drive

Waterbury, VT 05671






Scott Waterman

Vermont State Police Public Information Officer

Desk 802-241-5277

Cell 802-279-4554