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Bill requiring police departments to track race data heads to governor

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Oregon lawmakers have passed a bill that will make every law enforcement agency in the state keep track of their traffic stops, including who they are stopping.

House Bill 2355 now heads to the governor's desk. Supporters say the bill is a way for the state to prevent racial profiling.

The Portland Police Bureau has been using a similar system since 2001. Under that system when an officer stops a driver or pedestrian, the reason for the stop, along with that person's race or ethnicity, is written down and put into a department database.

Earlier this spring, police told FOX 12 the method helps to ensure profiling and biased policing does not occur.

"The push was to ensure that profiling or biased policing either wasn't occurring or if we had data that did show that it was, how could we change or affect that," Captain Michael Krantz, who heads up the bureau's Strategic Services Division, explained.

If Governor Kate Brown signs the bill, all law enforcement agencies in the state would begin following similar procedures. The bill also includes resources to help with training officers.

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